An unexpected guest made a faux pas as Saturday afternoon’s Angels-Tigers game just got underway. Left fielder J.B. Shuck took a 2-2 Max Scherzer fastball deep to right field for a lead-off solo home run. The blast was his second of the year, one of the few things he’s done on the positive end of things with the bat.
Shuck rounded the bases, as one is wont to do after hitting a home run. One of the camera guys was following Shuck as he rounded the third base bag and took a spill in front of a crowd of nearly 37,000 and countless others watching on TV and online.
Thankfully for that guy, his moment will be immortalized forever:
(MLB.com isn’t allowing it to be embedded for some reason, but I’ve included it just in case it changes. Here’s the direct link to watch it on MLB.com.)
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.