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Giants won’t make Madison Bumgarner available via trade

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Giants GM Bobby Evans said starter Madison Bumgarner won’t be made available in a trade. The Giants enter Tuesday’s action with a 51-50 record, good for fourth place in the NL West. While they’re only 5.5 games out of first place in the division and 4.5 games out of the second NL Wild Card slot, the number of teams they would have to compete with might have made a fire sale more reasonable.

Bumgarner, 28, has a $12 million club option remaining for the 2019 season and is owed the remainder of his $12 million salary for this season. The Giants don’t have to trade him if they intend on picking up his option next year.

Across nine starts this year, Bumgarner has a 3.19 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 23 walks. His 20.3 percent strikeout rate is at its lowest point since 2010 and his 10.1 percent walk rate would be a career high if the season ended today.

Evans said he wouldn’t rule out trading some bullpen arms (such as Will Smith and Tony Watson), but said, “It would be a challenge to give up pieces of the bullpen since that has been the Steady Eddie part of our club.”

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.