One of the Dodgers story lines all offseason was that the team had too much outfield depth and they certainly tried to trade Andre Ethier before deciding to keep him in a part-time role.
But now right fielder Yasiel Puig is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and left fielder Carl Crawford may be joining him on the shelf after suffering what manager Don Mattingly believes is a strained oblique muscle Monday night.
Fortunately for the Dodgers even if they’re without Puig and Crawford the outfield is still in pretty good shape with standout rookie Joc Pedersen in center field flanked by Ethier and either Scott Van Slyke or Alex Guerrero in the corners.
Crawford is off to a slow start, hitting .245 with a 10/1 K/BB ratio and .668 OPS and zero steals through 15 games.
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.