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Angels' Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano are thrilled to be throwing again after elbow surgery

Angels' Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano are thrilled to be throwing again after elbow surgery

As the Angels pursue a 2017 postseason appearance most within the industry believe is out of their reach, there will be a subtext to their season. All the while, two injured starting pitchers, left-hander Andrew Heaney and right-hander Nick Tropeano, will be working their way back from elbow-ligament surgery with their eyes mostly set on 2018.

Heaney underwent his Tommy John surgery in July. He is already throwing and has told others of his desire to pitch this season. Tropeano, who had his ligament replacement in August, threw Sunday for the first time since surgery.

“Just to flick a ball like that,” Tropeano said, “I don’t think I’ve...

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