Scioscia: No 'red flags' in Weaver's reduced velocity

Angels starter's fastball averages 83.5 mph on Opening Day

Scioscia: No 'red flags' in Weaver's reduced velocity

SEATTLE -- Jered Weaver's average four-seam-fastball velocity was 83.5 mph on a cool afternoon at Safeco Field on Opening Day, the slowest of his career, according to PITCHf/x data compiled on BrooksBaseball.net. His previous low, excluding Spring Training, was 85.8 mph on April 29, 2014.

That year, the Angels' ace threw his fastball at 86.8 mph -- fourth slowest among non-knuckleball-throwing starters -- and averaged 86.69 mph on Opening Day. Angels manager Mike Scioscia attributed Weaver's most recent velocity to being "out of sync" overall, as evidenced by the four runs and five extra-base hits he gave up in six innings.

"It points more toward being in sync mechanically than anything else," Scioscia said. "He was missing up a lot, never really got his changeup into the game like he can. I wouldn't say there are any red flags. The way he finished up last year and the crispness he showed at times in the spring, he'll get it."

A glitch initially caused BrooksBaseball.net to report Weaver's velocity at about 87 mph, but the information was updated on Wednesday.

Worth noting:

• Anaheim has hired a new lead negotiator to represent the city in an attempt to strike a new stadium lease with the Angels, according to the Orange County Register. Anaheim City Council unanimously selected attorney Wylie Aitken, based in Santa Ana. The Angels' current lease runs until 2029, but they can opt out as soon as 2016 and as late as 2019.

• The Angels have yet to use backup infielder Taylor Featherston as a late-game defensive replacement because they want to "get him a little more comfortable," Scioscia said. Featherston, a Rule 5 pick, hasn't played above Double-A and has been working with infield coach Alfredo Griffin. Second baseman Johnny Giavotella and third baseman David Freese have been playing the whole game, and Scioscia said, "We'll stay with that until we see where Taylor is going to be and what kind of defensive presence he brings."

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