Dodgers: Andrew Heaney Might Be Further From a Return Than Initially Thought
The Dodgers are probably going to have to continue with their starting rotation as it currently stands. That probably includes Tyler Anderson probably getting more starts than they initially expected this early in the season. But they also did not anticipate Andrew Heaney going down with a shoulder issue after 3 starts.
Following his start against the Reds almost two weeks ago, Heaney reportedly experienced some discomfort in his throwing shoulder. That led to the Dodgers placing him on the injured list in the days that followed. Anderson ended up getting the start in his place on Saturday against the Padres, going 4.2 innings and allowing two runs.
But it sounds like Heaney could be out a little bit longer. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke about him before the game on Wednesday afternoon and said they wanted to play it safe. He has also yet to pick up a baseball to resume throwing since he was placed on the injured list.
Dave Roberts said they’re going to be “pretty conservative” with how they bring Andrew Heaney along from his shoulder issue. Hasn’t picked up a ball yet.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 27, 2022
Heaney was incredibly solid over his first two starts of the year. He pitched a combined 10.1 innings and struck out 11 batters en route to a 1-0 record. The only run that he allowed came thanks to a botched double-play in Minnesota. But the Dodgers really seem to change how he approaches batters, and he has allowed just 4 hits for the season.
But the good news is that they can afford to play it safe right now. The pitching staff as a whole is incredibly deep, and the rest of the starters are healthy right now. But the Dodgers will need him back sooner rather than later.
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