After countless bullpen sessions, long toss exercises, and three minor league rehab starts, Andrew Heaney will be making his first start for the Dodgers since April 17th today against the Cleveland Guardians. Heaney was has been a long road from recovery from a shoulder issue.
MLB’s Juan Toribio was one of the first to report the news.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Andrew Heaney will start tomorrow.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) June 18, 2022
As part of his three-game minor league rehab assignment, Heaney made three appearances in just ten days. Safe to say, the Dodgers were doing everything they could to get Heaney back to help share the load with a pitching staff that’s struggled a bit this month.
In those three rehab starts, Heaney logged a 0.73 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 12.1 IP.
Before he landed on the injured list, Heaney was dominant for the Dodgers. He did not give up a single earned run in his first two starts. In 10.1 IP, he struck out 16 batters while yielding just three walks.
As Los Angeles is known to do, they found a soft landing spot for Heaney. Entering play on Saturday, the Cleveland Guardians rank 27th in OPS (.647) and 20th in batting average (.238) versus left-handed pitching. If all goes well, Heaney will be able to keep his clean sheet when it comes to allowing home runs. Cleveland ranks 29th in home runs hit off of southpaws.
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