Weaver headed for the DL …
Angels ace Jered Weaver is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken left elbow, the club announced on Tuesday.
Weaver suffered the injury while trying to avoid a comebacker at Rangers Ballpark on Sunday night. The 30-year-old right-hander had already given up five runs in five innings, his fastball velocity eerily dropping close to the mid-80s once again, when Mitch Moreland hit a line drive up the middle to start the bottom of the sixth.
The shot barely missed Weaver, but prompted him to land awkwardly on his non-pitching elbow and immediately come out of the game. X-rays came back negative, but Weaver said: “It’s pretty painful now. It feels like when you jam a thumb, but it’s in the elbow.”
Weaver can now miss anywhere from five to seven turns through the rotation, which is crippling news to a staff that came into the season with perceived question marks one thru five. His next turn was slated for Saturday, at home against the Astros.
Garrett Richards, who has great stuff and is coming off a sparkling spring, seems like the logical choice to take Weaver’s spot in the rotation, but the 24-year-old right-hander has been working out of the bullpen. Another option, if Richards doesn’t have enough length, could be long reliever Jerome Williams.
Right-handed reliever Dane De La Rosa, acquired from the Rays on March 27 for righty Steven Geltz, was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Weaver’s roster spot, giving the Angels an extra arm in the bullpen.