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ANAHEIM — The Pacific Coast League is one of baseball’s two Triple-A leagues, usually the final stop for a minor leaguer on his way to the majors. It’s considered a developmental league, a place for young talent to incubate.Unless a baseball player is preparing for a career in the American League of 1936, when the average game featured more than 11 runs and the average batter hit .289, the PCL game doesn’t represent a major-league brand of baseball. Hitters hold an unfair advantage. Pitchers practically need whiplash insurance from turning their heads to watch home runs leave the ballparks at a record rate. Through Thursday, the average PCL contest featured 11.2 runs, up from 9.9 a year ago.Why the change? The frequent culprit is a new set of baseballs, manufactured to MLB standards, that were introduced to the PCL and International League this season. Last year the two Triple-A leagues used the same type of balls used by their minor-league brethren. Those balls looked and weighed the same as major-league balls in the hands of laymen, but to players the differences were obvious. The consensus among players, then as now, is that major-league balls are more hitter-friendly because they travel farther. The inflated numbers reflect the anecdotal evidence.Someone forgot to mention all of this to Griffin Canning and Jared Walsh. The two Angels are among few who had a relatively easy go on the mound with the Salt Lake Bees this season. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Canning allowed only one earned run, and no homers, in 16 innings at Salt Lake before he was promoted April 26. The former UCLA and Santa Margarita High star posted a 5.49 ERA last year in his first exposure to Triple-A.Canning didn’t ponder the paradox of his results very long.“I don’t think there’s really much to it: just throwing the ball well, being able to put it where I want to,” he said. “Nothing too crazy.”Walsh, who is primarily an outfielder, pitched to similar results in a much smaller sample of innings. He got into four games as a pitcher with Salt Lake last year. Only once, when he struck out the only batter he faced, did Walsh get through an outing without allowing a baserunner.This year, the left-hander got into five games and completed at least one inning each time. Though he allowed a pair of runs, Walsh at least had two clean outings and allowed fewer baserunners on a per-inning basis than he did in 2018. As a hitter, he’s seen both sides of the hyper-inflated run environment. “There’s definitely a ton of offense going on and I like it,” Walsh said, “but when I have to go and pitch I’m not that crazy about it. Sometimes, if somebody hits a routine fly ball, they’re running toward the warning track.”In theory, using the same ball at Triple-A and the big leagues should help, not hinder, a young pitcher. Between the laces, the leather, the feel and the grip, the ball should be no different when he reaches the majors. Canning said he went through an adjustment period after several years using minor-league balls; it just never reflected in his statistics.Canning might not get much sympathy from other Triple-A hurlers, but he offered no complaints about the PCL switching to the hitter-friendly major league ball.“I think it’s smart,” he said. “They probably should have been doing it for a while. There’s just so many guys that are going up and down between Triple-A and the big leagues.”Canning, who starts Saturday against the Royals, has allowed four homers in his first three major league starts. Other than that, Manager Brad Ausmus said the 23-year-old right-hander has pitched well.“His stuff has always been there,” Ausmus said. “It’s been more about getting experience and utilizing his stuff. He’s still learning. That development hasn’t stopped just because he’s up here.”INJURY UPDATESAndrew Heaney (left elbow inflammation) will make a rehabilitation start at Salt Lake on Monday, Ausmus said. Heaney threw 58 pitches across four innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday. His next rehab start will be his third overall and his first in a game that counts.“I would like to get a little bit better read on pitches and stuff,” Heaney said, “but I think for me it’s just going out there and getting my work in and making sure my body recovers and everything feels fine afterward.”Heaney is targeting a pitch count in the 70-75 range Monday. The Angels will then determine whether or not he’ll make another minor league start before he returns to the active roster.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter In 2018, his first full major league season, Heaney went 9-10 with a 4.15 earned-run average.Ausmus said outfielder Justin Upton (turf toe) is working out on an AlterG weight-bearing treadmill, hitting in a batting cage, and throwing. There is no timetable for Upton to return.Pitcher Luis Garcia (lumbar spine muscle spasm) played catch on flat ground for the first time since he was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.ALSOKole Calhoun was activated from paternity leave Friday, two days after the birth of his daughter, Lenox Grace Calhoun. The proud father reported a birth weight of 7 pounds, 11 ounces and a length of 20½ inches. … Shohei Ohtani played catch from flat ground, too.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 1-1, 5.65 ERA) vs. Royals (RHP Jakob Junis, 3-4, 5.77 ERA), Saturday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, Fox Sports 1, 830 AM Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error