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Andrew Heaney will start season on injured list

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Angels manager Brad Ausmus said starter Andrew Heaney will start the season on the injured list due to inflammation in his left elbow, The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya reports. Heaney was pulled from his March 8 Cactus League start against the White Sox due to his elbow and only resumed his throwing program on Sunday.

Heaney, 27, made 30 starts last year but has otherwise had problems staying healthy. He accrued 29 starts in four seasons spanning 2014-17. In 2018, Heaney went 9-10 with a 4.15 ERA and a 180/45 K/BB ratio across 180 innings of work.

The Angels’ rotation in general is pretty banged up. Along with Heaney, Shohei Ohtani, Tyler Skaggs, and Nick Tropeano are on the mend. Ohtani had Tommy John surgery last October and won’t be able to pitch until 2020. Skaggs was scratched from last Sunday’s Cactus League start due to left forearm fatigue. Tropeano has been battling a right shoulder injury since the latter half of the 2018 season and suffered a setback during the offseason.

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.