Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that MLB is “highly unlikely” to adopt a pitch clock for the 2015 season. The pitch-clock rule was being tested in the Arizona Fall League, which stipulated a pitcher had 20 seconds between pitches to get the ball back, get his sign from the catcher, and begin his delivery. Morosi says that the rule has insufficient support among Major League Baseball and the Players Association.
The starting pitchers that would have been most affected by the implementation of such a rule, using “pace” data from FanGraphs:
- David Price, Tigers: 26.6 seconds between pitches
- Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies: 26.0
- Clay Buchholz, Red Sox: 25.6
- Joel Peralta, Rays: 32.1
- Junichi Tazawa, Red Sox: 31.8
- Tony Sipp, Astros: 30.3
- Joaquin Benoit, Padres: 30.3
Some other rules will be up for consideration when MLB owners hold their quarterly meetings in Arizona, including a possible amendment to Rule 7.13, a rule stipulating that runners have to slide directly into second base in an attempt to break up double plays, and a one-foot-in-the-batter’s-box rule.
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.