The Dodgers Opening Day rotation stayed intact until about mid-April. Lefty journeyman Andrew Heaney was the first to land on the injured list. After two standout starts, the lefty was shelved with a shoulder injury and has been steadily working his way back ever since.
Heaney has made three minor league rehab starts this month and looks to be dialed in. In 12.1 innings pitched, the lefty has logged 19 strikeouts and yielded just one walk.
Yes, he’s facing Double-A and Triple-A hitters, but the fact that he’s given up one earned run in three starts is impressive for a pitcher who last pitched in the MLB in April.
On Wednesday, The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya suggested that Heaney could make his first start in two months this weekend.
Andrew Heaney came out of his last rehab start well, Dave Roberts said. Will fly to LA tonight and then they’ll decide when to activate him. Heaney starting Sunday against Cleveland remains a possibility.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) June 15, 2022
In his first two starts for the Dodgers, Heaney tossed 10.1 scoreless innings. Considering how taxed LA’s bullpen has been, the possible return of Heaney would be a welcome sight for the Dodgers.
In the month of June, the Dodgers bullpen has a 5.09 ERA and hasn’t been the top shelf unit that it was in the early part of the season. The LA ‘pen had the third lowest ERA (3.06) in baseball from March to May.
The Dodgers are the kings of setting up soft landing spots for their starting pitchers and Heaney facing Cleveland would be just that. The Guardians rank 29th in the majors in OPS versus left-handed pitchers (.633) this year.
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