Angels First Pitch: Ohtani’s final tune-up, Heaney hurting

Mike Trout, Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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More Angels notes ahead of Opening Day

  • With Andrew Heaney skipping his start on Saturday, the Angels were forced to make alternative plans should he be unable to start on Friday in Oakland. Right-hander Dylan Bundy moved his scheduled start from Monday to Sunday night in the off-chance that he’ll need to take the ball instead of Heaney on Friday. However, the Angels are convinced that Heaney should be ready to go and this was simply a precautionary move.
  • As discussed on Saturday, Julio Teheran has joined the team in camp for the first time since play resumed. While he missed the three weeks of camp to this point, Teheran told the media on Sunday that he feels he is only a week behind in his throwing program and will be ready to join the Angels’ rotation shortly after the beginning of the season.
  • Another Angel on the mend if third baseman Anthony Rendon. The third baseman was scratched on Friday due to oblique tightness and has not yet returned to intrasquad games since. However, he told Joe Maddon that he will be ready to play on Friday and shouldn’t miss anything more than a few intrasquad games.

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  • If Rendon is unable to go on Friday, the Angels could turn to a familiar face in David Fletcher to handle the hot corner. We took a look last week on whether Fletcher can continue to exceed his metrics or if he can improve on those marks in 2020.