Jered Weaver writhes in pain after fracturing his left elbow against the Texas Rangers. Weaver will miss at least a month.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was placed on the 15-day disabled list after fracturing his left elbow Sunday against the Texas Rangers.
Last year’s American League Cy Young Award winner fell awkwardly on his left arm getting out of the way of a hit up the middle off the bat of Mitch Moreland.
Without Weaver, an already suspect Angels rotation will turn to either Jerome Williams or Garrett Richards. Both are currently in the Angels bullpen, but both have experience starting as they each took a turn in place of Weaver last season.
The rotation of Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas and Joe Blanton has thus far combined to go 1-2 with an ERA of 4.54. In 33 2/3 innings, they have struck out 22 and walked 13.
It’s never good when you have to play a version of 16-inch softball to try to win the in the major leagues, but without Weaver, the Angels may have no choice but to slug their way to a bunch of 9-8 wins.
This would be a good time for Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton to step up. There’s a saying in hockey: your best players have to be your best players. So now it must be for the Angels.
Williams is 33-37 with an ERA of 4.27 and a WHIP of 1.333 in eight seasons with the Giants, Cubs, Nationals and Angels. Last season he was 6-8 with the Angels.
Richards is in his third season with the Angels. Last season he was 4-3 with an ERA of 4.69 in 30 appearances, including nine starts.
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