Andrew Heaney has “plateaued” in his rehab

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Angels starter Andrew Heaney felt tightness and tenderness in his left forearm when he was trying to throw from 50-60 feet, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Manager Mike Scioscia described the lefty as having reached a plateau.

Heaney was placed on the disabled list on April 6 with a left flexor strain, a day after he gave up four runs in six innings to the Cubs in his season debut.

Nick Tropeano took Heaney’s spot in the rotation and has pitched quite well in two starts thus far. The right-hander has allowed just one run on 11 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. As long as Heaney is sidelined, the Angels will keep trotting Tropeano out there.