Angels’ Griffin Canning set for MRI to check on elbow issue

Aug 26, 2020 hprijhpt

first_img“The kid is nice,” Maddon said. “We’ve been talking about his athleticism. He’s got a fabulous arm. He’s got a great future. We want him well.”Canning, the Angels’ second-round pick in 2017 out of UCLA, debuted in the big leagues last year, posting a 4.58 ERA in 18 games and 90-1/3 innings.He was penciled in for one of the top four spots in the rotation to open the 2020 season, along with Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran. Shohei Ohtani is not expected to pitch until mid-May, as the Angels manage his innings in his return from Tommy John surgery.Patrick Sandoval, Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez, Dillon Peters and Matt Andriese are the top candidates to fill out the rest of the rotation.BALDING ALL ANGELSMaddon announced that he will be getting his head shaved as part of an event supporting pediatric cancer patients before the Angels’ March 9 Cactus League game at Tempe Diablo Stadium.Related Articles “I think it’s just kind of something we need to monitor,” Canning said two weeks ago. “I need to watch my throwing program, even if I’m feeling good, knowing when to tone it down a little bit.”Canning pitched two scoreless, hitless innings against the Dodgers in his spring debut on Wednesday, and afterward gave no indication of any issues when talking to reporters.Apparently, though, Canning had a different story when talking to the team. Maddon said he learned after Canning’s outing on Wednesday that he didn’t feel right.Maddon said Canning was scheduled for an MRI, but he wasn’t sure exactly when the test would take place.In the meantime, the Angels have to hope that a pitcher who is expected to be a key member of their rotation for years to come does not have any serious issue. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Maddon’s charitable organization, Respect90, will hold an event called “Balding All Angels,” in which Maddon and any fans who donate funds will have their heads shaved.Maddon has hosted similar events over the previous eight years, raising more than $350,000 for the cause, according to the organizers.ALSOJulio Teheran continued to improve from the hamstring strain that kept him from making his first scheduled start of the spring, Maddon said Thursday. Maddon said Teheran is expected to pitch in a game early next week, perhaps as soon as Monday. …Ty Buttrey threw his first bullpen session since being shut down with a strained intercostal muscle earlier this spring. “It felt really really good, no pain, pretty awesome honestly,” Buttrey said. He threw just fastballs at about 60 percent effort. He said he’s scheduled for two more bullpen sessions in the next week and then a live batting practice session next weekend. That would leave him time for six or seven outings in Cactus League games, which he said is sufficient to be ready for Opening Day. …Pitcher Justin Anderson, who had a more serious intercostal strain than Buttrey, had an ultrasound on Thursday morning that showed the inflammation is gone, he said. He is still not able to do baseball activity, though. He is expected to start the season on the Injured List, although he could be ready sometime in April. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TEMPE, Ariz. — Griffin Canning, the Angels’ prized young pitcher, came up with an elbow issue during his first outing of the spring, sending him into an MRI tube as the team and fans hold their breath.As of late Thursday afternoon, General Manager Billy Eppler said the Angels still had not received results of the MRI.Asked on Thursday morning if he’s concerned, Manager Joe Maddon said: “Yep. He’s had a history, so of course you’re concerned.”Canning, 23, had missed the end of the 2019 season with elbow inflammation, but he had described it as strictly precautionary. He said he had been fine by October and had a normal, uneventful winter. He said at the start of spring that he felt 100 percent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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