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Andrew Heaney, Dodgers went back to basics this preseason

The Dodgers worked with their new starter on mechanics, pitch types, and more to improve his performance.

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Andrew Heaney, in search of another fresh start, is open to learning as much as he can with the Dodgers to ensure he finally gets it.

From his starting position on the mound to the movement of his breaking ball, the Dodgers have already begun picking apart Heaney’s mechanics and putting them back together. He’s now standing in the middle of the rubber for each pitch, instead of hopping from side to side with each batter, and trading in his breaking ball for a new pitch called a “sweeper” (or a “whirly,” if you’re a Yankee).

“Last year, I was terrible,” Heaney told The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya. “And I’m on a one-year deal with a team that’s really good at what they do...When you talk to one person about something, it feels like the next guy you talk to already knows what you’ve talked about.”

The training Heaney has received as a Dodger already seems to be paying off. In his debut with the Dodgers last night, Heaney pitched just over four innings with five strikeouts and three hits.

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