The 24-year-old left-hander's numbers weren't that much better at Salt Lake, where he was 6-2 with a 4.71 ERA in 14 starts and had a 7.81 ERA in his last five games before the Angels called him up to start Wednesday against the
The numbers, Manager
"There's a statistical part of the Pacific Coast League that you have to take into consideration," Scioscia said, alluding to the many hitter-friendly parks in the league, "so we obviously rely very heavily on what our coaches see.
"I think Andrew, from the reports we have, has executed pitches much better than his numbers show, and hopefully it will add up to a well-pitched game. ... We think he's ready for the challenge of the major leagues. It's been brewing for a while. He's been knocking on our door, and he's ready to take this opportunity."
Heaney, acquired from the Dodgers via the
He didn't get the win but showed that the adjustments he made with pitching coach Mike Butcher, roving pitching instructor Marcel Lachemann toward the end of spring training and the work he put in with triple-A pitching coach Erik Bennett this season have helped.
"This is the guy I know our scouting department and [General Manager]
He wasn't finishing his delivery and getting out front like he had been a couple years ago. They looked at video of when he was throwing the ball well. He's much closer to that delivery that produces the stuff we're seeing now, and that's encouraging."
Heaney, who went 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in seven games for the Marlins last season, took the roster spot of outfielder Alfredo Marte, who was optioned to triple-A after Tuesday night, and the rotation spot of
Heaney will get at least one more start, Tuesday night against the
"I probably didn't make the greatest impression in spring training, but I felt like I finished on a high note," Heaney said, referring to the 5 1/3 no-hit innings he threw in an April 3 exhibition game against the Dodgers.
"I tried to take that to Salt Lake and pitch well. I had my ups and downs there, but now that I'm here, I just want to prove that I can stay."
The right-hander was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday but had his start pushed to Friday to "hopefully refine a couple of things," Scioscia said. "He's trying to get his fastball in good spot."
And Weaver wasn’t exactly a
"Any time a young player gets an opportunity and performs well, it bodes well for him to continue to get opportunities," Scioscia said. "Our rotation isn't mapped out to the end of the year. There are some things that are fluid, and we'll see how Andrew fits in."