The Los Angeles Angels have placed 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Andrew Heaney on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left flexor muscle. He lost last night against the Cubs, as he worked 6 innings in which he allowed 7 hits (2 homers), 4 runs (all earned) and he whiffed 7 batters. He has now pitched in 26 games (24 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 6-8 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. The Angels hope that Heaney will only have to miss a couple of weeks. 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano is likely to replace Heaney in the starting rotation until he’s ready to return to action. Tropeano pitched in 8 games (7 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 3-2 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has now pitched in 12 games (11 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. The Angels are confident that Tropeano can do a decent job, but they hope they can get Heaney back soon….as he has the higher upside.