TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels have not changed their stance on Andrew Heaney sitting out all of 2017.
When Heaney underwent Tommy John surgery last July, the Angels’ plan was for him to miss the entire 2017 season, even though a best-case scenario rehab could have had him back at the end of this season.
As spring training begins, though, with Heaney already into his throwing program, Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels aren’t planning on him pitching until 2018.
“From the information I have available right now, there is nothing that would make him available to pitch this year,” Scioscia said Thursday. “I just don’t see it happening this year.”
Scioscia added the caveat that doctors could change the timeline.
“That’s going to be their decision,” he said. “It’s not our call or Andrew’s call.”
OUT LIKE A LAMB
John Lamb, with long blonde hair making him the Angels’ answer to Noah Syndergaard, is unmistakable on the field.
But don’t expect to see him there for a while.
Lamb, a left-hander who the Angels signed as a free agent, is rehabbing from two back surgeries in 2016. Through the first two days he has not been on the field. He said his goal is to pitch by the All-Star break.
“I have communicated that with the front office and training staff, and they are all on board with what’s best for me,” Lamb said. “Coming back earlier would be great, but I’m certainly not going to push myself.”
Lamb wants to be careful because he said if he needs a third back surgery it would be a back fusion, “and there’s not a lot of light at the end of the tunnel from that.”
Lamb, 26, was once on the top prospects in baseball. He came to the Cincinnati Reds from the Kansas City Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade in 2015. He has a 6.17 ERA in 24 major league games, all starts.
GUERRA ACCEPTS ASSIGNMENT
Deolis Guerra accepted the Angels outright assignment and reported to camp Thursday.
The Angels had designated Guerra for assignment last week to make room for Austin Adams. After he cleared waivers, he had the option of becoming a free agent.
RAIN IS COMING
Rain is expected this weekend in the Phoenix area, which could interrupt the Angels workouts. Their first full-squad workout is scheduled for Saturday.
Scioscia said losing a day of workouts now is better than later, because the hitters can still work in the cages. They won’t start full on-field fundamentals until next week.