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Stephen Strasburg won’t be available if Nationals advance to NLCS

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Starter Stephen Strasburg won’t be available for the NLCS should the Nationals defeat the Dodgers on Thursday night and move on in the playoffs, ESPN’s Britt McHenry reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a flexor mass strain in his right elbow.

Thus far in the postseason, the Nationals have handed the ball to Max Scherzer, Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez, and Joe Ross. Scherzer will get the ball again in Game 5 against the Dodgers.

Strasburg, 28, finished the regular season with a 15-4 record, a 3.60 ERA, and a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.

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.