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Jered Weaver expects to rejoin Angels’ rotation next week

Sep 21, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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Jered Weaver was scratched from yesterday’s scheduled start against the Mariners due to lingering forearm tightness, but he still hopes to go into the offseason with some peace of mind.

Alden Gonzalez of reports that Weaver’s forearm issue wasn’t serious enough to warrant an MRI exam and that he plans to play catch today. Barring any setbacks, he plans to make his final start of the season next Wednesday against the Athletics.

Weaver is 10-8 with a 3.36 ERA and 115/36 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings this season. This marks the second straight year that he has failed to reach 200 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander still has three years and $54 million remaining on his contract.

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  1. jarathen - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I guess it can’t hurt, but also, hey, it can, so I don’t know why they won’t just shut him down until next year.

    I think Weaver’s days as a workhorse ace are done and he’ll be more of a 150-190, #2-#3 type guy going forward. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but not the same anchor he once was.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Seems like for those pitchers that are considered a true workhorse or a true “ace pitcher” there is such a small window for it. Weaver’s may have closed but he’s still one of, if not their best pitchers. Besides, it should be noted he also missed time with a fractured left elbow earlier this season. That really made it hard for him to come back but he’s been overall excellent this season.

      He doesn’t have any pitcher-related injuries (throwing elbow, shoulder, etc) that we need to be concerned about so health should be OK for next year.

  2. savior72 - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Why bother, save it for next year

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