Los Angeles Angels starter Andrew Heaney is staying in shape while spending time with his family and playing kids games.
Andrew Heaney was supposed to be the Opening Day starter for the Angels on March 26. The left-hander was honored with the assignment early in spring by manager Joe Maddon. In a perfect world, he would have shutdown the hated Astros in a very small act of revenge for their recent sign-stealing.
Instead, Heaney, like the rest of us, is stuck inside his house, trying to stay in baseball shape while following social distancing guidelines. He told reporters on Tuesday that he is working from his Oklahoma house with Angels pitcher Garrett Williams, who was acquired in December from the San Francisco Giants.
Besides working out, Heaney said he is keeping himself busy by playing “a lot of Monopoly with his wife” and watching movies. The 28-year-old starter downloaded MLB The Show 20 and tried to play as himself in the game, but said he was “terrible” after not playing video games for 15 years.
Heaney avoided arbitration this past offseason by signing a one-year, $4.3 million contract. With four years of service time, he is still two years removed from becoming a free agent. Major League Baseball recently reached an agreement with the players union that would give players like Heaney full service time even if the 2020 season was canceled.
If a season is played, the sinker-throwing lefty hopes to build off his 2018 and 2019 campaigns when he showed promise as a starter who can strike people out. His 4.91 ERA last season largely impacted by an unlucky .312 batting average on balls in play. Although, he could do a better job at keeping the ball inside the ballpark, too.
If the season were to start sometime around June or July, it will be interesting to see if Shohei Ohtani is healthy enough to return to the rotation and take the Opening Day assignment from Heaney. Either way, the Angels will be counting on the left-hander to be a key starter in their rotation.