Jered Weaver could be close to returning to rotation

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Jered Weaver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels

 

Right-hander Jered Weaver, on the disabled list since June 21 with hip inflammation, threw a bullpen session Sunday and is slated for his second rehab assignment Tuesday at Single-A Inland Empire. Scioscia hinted Weaver might be close to being ready for major-league action.

“He had a ‘pen today and Weave, I mean, he’s smiling,” Scioscia said. “He feels great. He’ll throw another rehab game Tuesday.”

Weaver on Thursday tossed 3 2/3 innings for Inland Empire, throwing 63 pitches – 42 for strikes. He allowed one unearned run on three hits, struck out two and walked two. Scioscia said his progress in these games will determine his return to the Angels’ staff.

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Struggling Jered Weaver goes on DL with left hip inflammation

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Jered Weaver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels

 

Angels right-handed pitcher Jered Weaver has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left hip. The Angels recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake City.

Weaver, a former member of the Long Beach State Dirtbags, is having his worst season. He is 4-8 with a career-high ERA of 4.75. Weaver’s highest ERA over the course of a full season is 4.33 in 2008 when he went 11-10.

Weaver in 2014 was 18-9 with an ERA of 3.59. The lowest ERA of his 10-year career was 2.41 in 2011, when he went 18-8.

Weaver on Saturday pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up four earned runs in the Angels’ 4-1 loss at Oakland.

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Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Jerome Williams will start this weekend.

The Angels announced their pitching rotation for this weekend’s series against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium:

Friday: RHP A.J. Griffin (8-6, 3.68) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (3-5, 3.63)
Saturday: RHP Dan Straily (6-2, 4.28) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-6, 3.37)
Sunday: RHP Bartolo Colon (12-3, 2.70) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (5-5, 4.60)

Also, Tommy Hanson is starting tomorrow night for the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers on a rehabilitation assignment. The 66ers are hosting the Lancaster JetHawks at San Manuel Stadium.

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The Angels will temporarily employ a six-man rotation. Then what?

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Jered Weaver (left) and C.J. Wilson (center) are assured of spots when the Angels go back to a five-man rotation (Getty Images).

Save the date: June 7.

That’s when the Angels will begin a six-game road trip through Boston and Baltimore. It’s also the next time the Angels will employ a five-man rotation.
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