Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/14/12

The Los Angeles Angels got their ace back Thursday afternoon.

It wasn't just that Jered Weaver returned to the rotation after 10 days due to biceps tendinitis. It was the Weaver they got back -- the one who went 15-1 with a 2.13 ERA in his first 20 starts this season. While pitching with the discomfort in his arm, which he described as a "bite," Weaver was 1-3 with a 6.14 ERA over five starts.

In his return Thursday, though, Weaver dominated the Oakland A's. He held them scoreless on two hits and a walk through seven innings while striking out nine. When the Angels erupted for six runs in the bottom of the seventh, Weaver earned his 17th victory of the season, and Los Angeles emerged with a 6-0 win.

"I was antsy to get out there, no doubt about it," Weaver said after the win. "It was disappointing to miss a start, but luckily it was only one, and I was able to get healthy again. It was nice to be able to throw up some zeros. I was just trying to get a feel for the game again and tried to locate. After the first strikeout, you kind of feel a little bit more comfortable, and after that, it's time to go to work."

Weaver said he felt none of the pain he had been dealing with for about a month. Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled him after seven innings, limiting Weaver to 94 pitches even though he had retired the final nine batters he faced and hadn't given up a hit since Jemile Weeks' second-inning double.

"There was no discomfort at all. I felt free and easy," Weaver said. "It's usually the (middle of the game) where it starts tightening up, and it's tough to go back out there and warm up again. But I didn't have that issue today.

"It's definitely comforting, knowing that you came out of the game throwing close to a hundred pitches and still feel good."

Weaver is lined up to make four more starts, including the final day of the regular season if the Angels are playing for a playoff spot. He could become the Angels' first 20-game winner since Bartolo Colon won 21 (and the AL Cy Young Award) in 2005.

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