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Jered Weaver leaves start in first inning with lower back injury

May 28, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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Scary moment for the surging Angels.

Jered Weaver was just three batters and 12 pitches into his start tonight against the Yankees when he was forced to exit due to injury. He threw a warm-up pitch to see whether he would be able to continue, but it appeared he had trouble putting weight on his left leg. However, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that he’s dealing a lower back injury.

Weaver didn’t retire a batter in tonight’s brief start and was charged with three runs (one earned) on two hits before Bobby Cassevah came on in relief. It’s not known if he’ll have to miss an extended period of time, but the Angels will have a tough time making a charge at the AL West-leading Rangers if they don’t have their ace.

UPDATE: Nothing new on the status of Weaver’s lower back injury, but because of a scoring change, all three runs against him are unearned.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Fortunately for the Angels, the Yankees have Phil Hughes going tonight who loudly declared- “3 run lead??? I don’t need no stinkin’ 3 run lead!!!”

  2. vallewho - May 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    watching Phil Hughes makes me sick. Maybe he needs a 14 run lead to pitch to the 6th inning.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      Unfortunately, have to agree

  3. randygnyc - May 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Looked like his right knee, but could be wrong.

    Yeah, Phil makes me sick, too. Don’t worry, the phillies will be trading their entire staff in no time.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - May 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    I hope Jered’s healthy again soon. It was funny hearing the Yanks’ announcer keep calling him Jeff, who used to play for the Dodgers. That after a whole game spent hearing the Orioles’ announcer Gary Thorne keep telling us about Jays star “Arncenacion.” I know PxP is not easy, but part of the job is getting the names right.

    • daisycutter1 - May 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      Jeff Weaver used to pitch for the Yankees. Many of us have locked that experience away in our “never open again” vault along with most of AJ Burnett’s starts, however.

  5. mydadyourmom - May 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Is that the son of Encarnacion and Arencibia?

  6. randygnyc - May 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Jeff, along with the Weaver dad were both at the game tonight and were briefly shown on the Yes channel after Jared’s injury.

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