Time flies when you are having fun, doesn’t it?
Andrew Heaney has brought us along in his recovery from day 1:
To day 220 (2 days ago) on his road trip to Tempe:
In some ways it feels like he just had surgery, but it’s already been 222 days or about 7.5 months. Typical return to pitching times (at the same level) range from 12-18 months. Some recent examples include Jose Fernandez who returned to the mound after 14 months, Jason Vargas (13 months), Alex Cobb (16 months), Brandon McCarthy (14 months), and Yu Darvish (14 months). I actually found a pretty cool resource that lists all the TJ surgeries, separates them by level, and includes data like date of surgery and how long until they returned. You can check that out here.
Given that Heaney’s surgery was on 7/1/2016, we can’t really expect to see him back before the All Star break, but September is 14 months out and it’s possible if all goes well, we see Heaney when the rosters expand - getting comfortable on a big league mound again, if only for a few innings at a time.
Nick Tropeano is on that list as well, but his surgery was 1.5 months later which makes it pretty unlikely we’ll see him throw in a big league game this year.
Surprisingly, also on that list, is outfield prospect Kyle Survance who had TJ surgery last July. Survance is not known for his arm which is considered around average, but he does have plus speed and is currently #27 on the MLB prospect list for the Angels. You learn something new every day because I was also unaware that Cam Bedrosian had TJ surgery back in May of 2011 when he was playing rookie ball at the tender age of 19. He returned to the mound 12 months later.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Heaney, and while we don’t want to rush him - hopefully we can see him pitch before the year is over.