Angels Notes: Andrew Heaney feeling good about progress, but time running short

first_imgANAHEIM — Andrew Heaney played catch again on Thursday, as he tries to work back from a shoulder impingement to return to the Angels’ rotation.“I’m feeling better,” Heaney said. “More and more (optimistic) the more I throw.”Heaney said it’s a “day to day” question about him throwing off a mound, which he’ll have to do before he can pitch in a game. This late in the season, and having missed less than three weeks so far, Heaney would not need to pitch anywhere else to prepare for returning to the majors, Scioscia said.In the meantime, Bud Norris will get the ball first in the Angels’ bullpen game on Saturday in Houston, just as he did on Friday night. ALSOYunel Escobar (strained oblique) will head to Arizona to see some live pitching in instructional league in the next few days, Scioscia said. “We’ll see where he is early next week,” he said. …The four runs Parker Bridwell allowed snapped the Angels’ 10-game streak of their starters allowing two earned runs or fewer, equaling the franchise’s longest such streak since an 11-game streak in 1970. …The Angels had not been swept at home all season before this series against the Indians. …By losing all six games to the Indians, the Angels were swept in a season series of at least six games for the first time since they went 0-6 vs. the Baltimore Orioles in 2010. Norris retired all six batters in the first two innings, then came out after giving up a single to lead off the third.“We’re going to use a lot of guys that day,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Bud did a good job getting six outs and into the third inning. We’ll go out with him and see how it goes.”SAFETY FIRSTThe frightening incident at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, when a young girl was hit by a foul ball and hurt seriously enough to be taken to a hospital, renewed discussion about whether clubs should have more netting protecting fans.“It’s definitely something that needs to be looked into,” Scioscia said. ”Baseballs travel a lot faster than people realize wen you are watching on TV. They’re projectiles and even fans who are paying attention get surprised by the velocity of the balls and bats that break or you lose your handle.”The Angels increased the size of the netting behind the plate prior to the 2016 season, but it still does not protect fans sitting behind the dugouts.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more