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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.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.