Interesting update this evening from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, who hears that the Dodgers recently requested a second MRI on the elbow of free agent Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. It’s believed that the request was initially declined.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported a week ago that Olivera could have ulnar collateral ligament damage in his elbow and might require Tommy John surgery. That report was denied by Olivera’s camp, but the 29-year-old has since hired Greg Genske of Legacy Agency to represent him and questions obviously remain about his health.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported earlier today that the Marlins backed off a seven-year, $53 million offer for Olivera after hearing that the Dodgers offered $77 million, but he also noted that those offers were made to his old agent. One would think that he would already be with the Dodgers if that lucrative offer was legitimate, so it’s hard to know what to believe here. Still, Heyman was told by one GM that $70-plus million for Olivera wouldn’t be crazy “if he’s healthy.”
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.