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Angels ace Weaver out 4-6 weeks
The news on Jered Weaver is not good.
Weaver, the Angels’ ace right-hander, will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a broken left (non-pitching) elbow.
The team confirmed the injury Tuesday, calling it a left non-displaced radial fracture and replacing Weaver on the roster with righty Dane De La Rosa. Weaver was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
"I don’t like spending time on the DL," Weaver said. "It’s very disappointing, but I guess you’ve got to look on the bright side sometimes. It’s better earlier than toward the end, but at the same time it’s definitely frustrating and disappointing.
"This is all new to me. I’ve never broken anything before. I didn’t know how to take the news. It was a shock at first. Now you’ve just got to play the waiting game, I guess."
Right-handed reliever Garrett Richards likely will take Weaver’s spot in the Angels' rotation, with De La Rosa replacing Richards in the bullpen.
“It’s pretty painful,” Weaver told reporters. “It feels like a really bad jam. I definitely hyper-extended it or something.”
Tests on Monday apparently indicated a more serious injury, and the left elbow isn’t Weaver’s only concern. His velocity was down in his first two starts.
Despite the injury occurring on his non-pitching arm, the Angels are taking the necessary precautions and manager Mike Scioscia believes it is still a significant injury.
"When you throw a baseball, it’s a full-body, coordinated movement. You’ll see a lot of pitchers, whether it’s the lower body or in Weav’s case his left elbow, he would not be able to leverage the ball or make the motion he has to to deliver the ball to the plate," Scioscia said. "When you start compensating, you put your throwing arm at risk."
The loss of Weaver only will increase questions about the Angels’ rotation, which some consider the weakness of the club. Right-hander Jerome Williams, currently pitching out of the bullpen, likely would be the next in line for the rotation after Richards. After that, the options dwindle.
Weaver, 30, was 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA for the Angels last season. He was particularly strong in the first half, becoming the first pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1963 and ’64 to win at least 10 games with a sub-2.00 ERA in back-to-back seasons.
— Fox Sports West contributed to this report.
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