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Jered Weaver scratched Sunday with flu-like symptoms

May 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington Reuters

Angels ace Jered Weaver won’t be trying for his seventh win this afternoon in Tampa Bay.

From Angels announcer Victor Rojas comes word that Weaver has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday outing against the Rays due to a flu-like illness. Tyler Chatwood, 21, will slide up the schedule and take the mound in his place.

Weaver has opened the season with six straight decisions — all of them victories — and currently owns a 0.99 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. He has fanned 49 batters in 45 2/3 innings and has walked only 10.

There isn’t a hotter pitcher in the game, but the right-hander will have to put that momentum on hold for a couple of days as he battles a mild virus. As soon as he’s feeling better, the Halos will get him back atop a mound.

Weaver is just the fourth pitcher in major league history to hold a 6-0 record before the start of May.

  1. nyyankeefanforever - May 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    That’s good news for the Yankees and bad for the Red Sox. He’ll likely start this week in Boston! LOL!

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