“We’re going to take it one day at a time,” Scioscia said after Tuesday night’s 10-2 victory over the
Heaney, the prized prospect acquired from the Dodgers, via the Miami Marlins, for second baseman Howie Kendrick last December, allowed two runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings Tuesday night, striking out five and walking none. He needed only 81 pitches to complete seven innings before stumbling a bit in the eighth.
In three starts, Heaney, 24, has allowed four earned runs and 14 hits in 20 1/3 innings, striking out 17 and walking three.
"I do my thing. I go out there and pitch, and whatever happens, happens," Heaney said. "I'd like to think I've given myself an opportunity, but there's five other pitchers that made the team for a reason, and there's a reason I didn't. I'm just going out there and pitching to the best of my ability."
That helped Heaney improve his fastball command to both sides of the plate, and it seemed to add a little bite to his slider.
"I'm just comfortable with what I'm doing; I'm confident in what I'm doing and being aggressive with what I've got," Heaney said. "Once you get that muscle memory and the ability to repeat [your delivery], it makes it a lot easier."
Not so easy will be the decision on who is left out of the rotation when Weaver is ready to return from a left-hip injury that sent him to the disabled list on June 21.
Weaver is 4-8 with a 4.75 ERA but has been the team’s ace for six years. Left-hander
Garrett Richards (9-5, 3.35 ERA) has the best pure stuff on the team, and left-hander
Heaney will have one more start before the break, this Sunday in Seattle, to make his case, and how he evolves as a pitcher could determine his short-term and long-term future with the team.
“It’s a game of adjustments, it really is,” catcher