Los Angels Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney looks to be out of the running to be the team's Opening Day starter after he was shut down because of elbow inflammation, manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday.

Heaney had an MRI that did not reveal any structural damage, but his upcoming downtime could lead to him starting the season on the injured list, Ausmus said.

Heaney was scratched from his March 3 spring training start but resumed throwing last week. He recorded two outs against the Chicago White Sox on Friday but came out of that game when he felt more discomfort.

"I'm frustrated, but it's something we just have to take care of now" Heaney said, according to espn.com.

Heaney, 27, is 16-20 with a 4.31 ERA over parts of five seasons with the Miami Marlins and Angels. He experienced elbow discomfort last spring as well, but started the season on time, going 9-10 with a 4.15 ERA over a career-best 30 starts.

--Field Level Media

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