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Jered Weaver shocked everyone by asking out of a game

May 13, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

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Managers almost always come out to the mound to remove pitchers from the game, so when the pitching coach makes a mound visits it’s usually just to chat. And that was Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher’s plan Sunday when he came out to talk to Jered Weaver, but then Weaver surprised everyone involved by actually asking to be removed from the game in the seventh inning.

He’d thrown 6.1 innings of one-run ball on 102 pitches and the Angels were up 7-1, but Weaver wasn’t happy with how he was pitching and specifically told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that he “didn’t have any command of my fastball.”

And because he’s Jered Weaver, longtime excellent pitcher with a good reputation for such things, Butcher had plenty of praise for him, saying: “It takes a man to tell you he wants to come out of the game. Hats off to him.”

Weaver’s catcher, Hank Conger, said: “I was a little shocked. He always loves taking the ball.”

And the reliever who came in to replace him, Michael Kohn, said: “I was surprised. I was warming up, taking my time, and they said, ‘You’re in the game.'”

Sunday’s start may have been a batter or two shorter than manager Mike Scioscia planned, but it was Weaver’s fifth straight strong outing since beginning the season with three straight rough games. During that five-start stretch he’s 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio in 32 innings and has allowed just one homer.

  1. georgewashingtonsghost - May 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I guess Weaver’s earned the praise but I wonder what the reaction would have been if it had been some no-name pitcher who did this.

  2. shanabartels - May 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    It takes a lot of self-awareness and concern for the team for someone who is supposed to be a horse to say “I think you better bring in a fresh arm, because mine has nothing left.” Besides, it’s not like he was totally passing the buck — if any of those baserunners had scored, they would have been charged to him anyway.

  3. twinfan24 - May 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Kudos for being honest

  4. tysonpunchinguterus - May 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Given the rash of arm injuries this season, it’s probably a good idea to listen to your ace when he says he should come out of the game.

    • moogro - May 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      He wasn’t vomiting? Should have stayed in and mannnnnnnnnnnnned up!

      • hoopmatch - May 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Now we know what Rob Dibble’s alias is here.

      • moogro - May 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        I’m imagining being in Rob Dibble fatsuit right now. wow. But worse was joking around with The Keed issue. Doesn’t feel good anymore.

        oops. Thought it was obvious. Forgot:

        /s

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject - May 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Positive Luke: Smart move. The Angels need their ace healthy and if he wasn’t feeling it, he should come out.

    Cynical Luke: Lame move. He knows with a 6 run lead they might be inclined to leave him out there awhile to save the bullpen since his pitch count wasn’t too high and he didn’t want cheap runs tacked onto his ERA.

    Reasonable Luke: As usual, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. “I don’t have it, why risk hurting myself just to see them get a couple cheap runs?”

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