Mariners give Robinson Cano permission to play in Dominican Winter League

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According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the Mariners have given Robinson Cano permission to play a limited number of games in the Dominican Winter League as he makes his way back from a broken toe.

Cano suffered a broken right pinkie toe when he was hit in the foot by a pitch during the Japan Series in November. The 32-year-old was held out of baseball activities for about a month, but he’s now fully recovered. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Cano just wants to test his toe in game action prior to spring training.

Cano will be entering the second season of his 10-year, $240 million contract with Seattle. While his power was down a bit in 2014, he still proved plenty valuable by batting .314/.382/.454 with 14 home runs, 82 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. He has appeared in at least 157 games over the past eight seasons. That’s not quite Cal Ripken, Jr. or anything, but it’s pretty good.

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.