Angels’ Griffin Canning set for injections in elbow

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Angels pitcher Griffin Canning was set to undergo “biological injections” in his balky right elbow on Friday in Los Angeles, followed by a further evaluation in three to four weeks, the team announced.Canning has been sidelined for just over a week with discomfort in his elbow, but so far tests have not revealed sufficient damage to warrant surgery. An initial MRI showed “chronic changes” to his ulnar collateral ligament, which amounts to normal wear.The Angels did not specify the type of “biological injections” that Canning was to receive, but the term covers both platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections.In recent years, pitchers Garret Richards, Andrew Heaney, Shohei Ohtani and JC Ramirez have all undergone similar injections, and all four eventually needed Tommy John surgery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Canning underwent an MRI and at least two examinations by doctors, with the pitcher and the team eventually opting to go the route of the injections.With Canning unable to start the season in the rotation, the Angels currently have a competition for the two spots following Julio Teheran, Dylan Bundy and Heaney. Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, Dillon Peters and Matt Andriese are all in the running to fill out the final two spots.Ohtani is not scheduled to pitch in games until mid-May because the Angels will have him on an innings limit, and they want to save the innings for the end of the season. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is the best-known recent case of a pitcher who underwent similar injections and avoided surgery entirely.Canning, 23, was in line to start the season in the Angels’ rotation before feeling some tightness in his elbow following his Feb. 26 game against the Dodgers. Canning threw two scoreless innings in his only outing of the spring, only to have an issue after he finished pitching.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img