The injury of a key pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim could put a Texas Panhandle native in the club's rotation.
Angels officials announced this week that Andrew Heaney, a starting pitcher, has been scrapped from his next start after an MRI conducted Monday showed inflammation in his left elbow. Heaney, 26, was returning after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2017. Concerns have also been raised that Heaney could miss Opening Day all-together for the Angels.
If Heaney is dropped due to the injury, speculation has mounted that Hereford native Parker Bridwell could take the mound for the Angels. Bridwell had a small role as a starter in Los Angeles' 2017 season, going 10-3. Other possible options to take over for Heaney if he misses Opening Day include: John Lamb and Jaime Barria, according to MLB.com.