Jose Abreu joined select company with his 162nd career game

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White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday’s win against the Royals. It was the Cuban slugger’s 162nd career game in the majors and with that, he joined a select group of players.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Abreu is the fourth player to hit .300 with 40 home runs and 120 RBI in his first 162 career games, joining Rudy York, Chuck Klein, and Ryan Braun.

Abreu broke out last season en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Year award.  He finished with a .317/.383/.581 triple-slash line, 36 home runs, and 107 RBI. He led the league in slugging percentage and in adjusted OPS (170, 70 points above average). This season, he’s off to another great start, batting .317/.368/.667 with five home runs and 13 RBI.

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.