Jered Weaver is ready to make a rehab start after simulated game at Angel Stadium.

Jered Weaver

Jered Weaver threw a simulated game Friday, his first since going on the disabled list April 8. (Associated Press)

Jered Weaver couldn’t sleep last night. He had a big game today.

It was a simulated game with no fans, and only a few players and media and coaches, in attendance. But Weaver was psyched up.

“That’s how excited I was,” he said. “I haven’t been able to do it (pitch) in five weeks.”

Weaver said he felt fine after throwing more than 60 pitches in four simulated innings. He also threw a rigorous bullpen session, and felt well enough afterwards that he moved onto the main mound.

“If he felt good throwing his ‘pen warming up, it would be more advantageous facing hitters,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Weaver said his command was a little off, “but that’s to be expected. It was better than I thought it would be.”

More importantly, he felt no pain in his left elbow, where he suffered a broken bone on April 7.

The Angels will wait until at least tomorrow before deciding whether or not Weaver’s next appearance on a mound will come in a rehabilitation game, but the pitcher said he “could be” ready.

“I’m all for that,” Weaver said. “The least amount of start in the minor leagues, the better for me.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.