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Angels place starter Andrew Heaney on 15-day disabled list

According to a statement released by the club Wednesday, Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher Andrew Heaney has been placed on the team’s 15-day disabled list with a left flexor muscle strain.  Injuring himself during the Angels’ Tuesday loss to the Chicago Cubs, the left-hander has now managed just a single start to begin the year.

Pitching six innings in the losing effort, Heaney allowed seven hits and four earned runs including two home runs while posting seven strikeouts.

The 24-year-old was slated to become one of the Angels’ top starters this season with right-hander Garrett Richards currently serving as the ace.  After getting the call to the mound for the club’s second regular season game, Heaney would squander the opportunity while being forced to the sideline for at least the next two weeks.

Last season, during his first season with the Angels after spending 2014 with the Miami Marlins, Heaney made 18 starts while totaling 105.2 innings pitched.  Registering a 3.49 ERA over that span, he also tallied a 6-4 record accompanied by 78 strikeouts.

With fellow starter C.J. Wilson also serving a stint on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder trouble, the Angels are left with Garrett Richards, Jered Weaver, Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker in the rotation.  However, right-hander Nick Tropeano will likely become the newcomer in the group as it can be presumed that he will be recalled from the ranks of Triple-A.

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