The Dodgers starting staff has been one of the best in baseball so far this season. Surprisingly, journeyman left-hander Andrew Heaney was a key part of the rotation’s success in April. He was arguably their best starter in the early going.
In his first two starts of the season, Heaney did not allow a single earned run in 10.1 IP. The lefty hurler logged 16 strikeouts and a microscopic 0.68 WHIP. It looked like the Dodgers and Heaney had really unlocked something for the former first-round pick.
Then, it all came to a screeching halt. Heaney was placed on the injured list after his April 17th start against the Reds. After a couple of weeks of less-than-encouraging news, NBC Sports reported on Saturday morning that Heaney is set to begin a throwing program over the weekend.
Andrew Heaney (shoulder) ready to resume throwing https://t.co/GOkFgcmip0
— NBC Sports EDGE Baseball (@NBCSEdgeBB) May 7, 2022
In order to keep the rotation whole, the Dodgers have deployed Tyler Anderson as the fifth starter. Anderson is yet another left-handed pitcher who also signed a one-year deal with LA this past offseason who has also exceeded expectations.
After allowing two earned runs to the Cubs on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader, Anderson’s ERA this season stands at 2.78. Anderson has served as the Dodgers fifth starter since Heaney landed on the shelf. He hasn’t pitched more than five innings in any of this three starts, but has still provided a stop gap solution for the Dodgers while Heaney is on the mend.
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