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Angels' Andrew Heaney won't rule out return from surgery this season

Angels' Andrew Heaney won't rule out return from surgery this season

Andrew Heaney has already played catch at least 20 times this year, from farther and farther distances. His recovery from Tommy John surgery is humming along at its expected pace. The timing of that operation and his continued progress has created an interesting question: Could the Angels’ left-hander possibly pitch this season?

The usual timeline ranges from 12 to 18 months. Sept. 1, the day rosters expand, will mark 14 months from the date of his surgery in July 2016. If the Angels are in the playoff hunt, which they hope to be, the availability of their No. 2 starter from last season would be a boon.

Heaney, 25, does not...

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