Angels SP Griffin Caning to miss rest of season with elbow inflammation

By Matt Johnson
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Just when Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Griffin Canning started to put things together on the mound, his rookie season will now come to a close due to an elbow injury.

An MRI revealed that the 23-year-old right is suffering from mild inflammation in his pitching elbow and he will be shut down for the remainder of the season.

Canning made his MLB debut on April 4 and experienced his share of inconsistency adjusting to the improved talent. While he will finish the season with a 4.58 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 90.1 innings, Canning had found his rhythm recently with a 2.12 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio in his last three starts.

Fortunately for Los Angeles, the inflammation will not be a problem when Canning returns for spring training in 2020. He’ll be a favorite to rejoin the team’s rotation and could be part of a nice duo with Shohei Ohtani.