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.
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.
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.
Jered Weaver threw harder Wednesday than he did in either of his two starts in April (Will Lester/ Staff Photographer)
Of all the positives the Angels could take from Jered Weaver‘s performance last night — just having him back on the mound stands out as the first — maybe the best is that he’s throwing faster.
According to FanGraphs.com, Weaver topped out at 92 mph on his fastball and threw it for an average speed of 87.3 mph, compared to 85.8 and 85.1 mph in his first two starts, respectively. All his pitches were faster across the board. He also got a lot more horizontal movement on his two-seam fastball and changeup, and the results followed: Weaver allowed five hits (four singles) and one run in six innings while striking out seven.
“When you haven’t been out there for a while,” Weaver told colleague Clay Fowler, “you kind of ask yourself `Can I still do this?'”
Yes. You can do it better.
Some bullet points for a Canary Islands Day: