Billy Beane: Athletics unlikely to get a shortstop through free agency

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Billy Beane says the Athletics aren’t likely to fill their void at shortstop via free agency, reports CSN California’s Joe Stiglich. Jed Lowrie is likely headed elsewhere, and the shortstop market isn’t too appealing as Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera are the most appealing options at the moment.

Lowrie did a decent job in his two seasons with the A’s, batting .271/.334/.405 while accruing 3.1 Wins Above Replacement over 1,228 plate appearances. If the Athletics aren’t keen on Drew or Cabrera, they would likely have to address the position via another trade. Beane has already been quite active early on in the off-season, having traded Josh Donaldson while adding Ike Davis and Billy Butler.

Angels place Andrew Heaney on 10-day injured list

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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.