SEATTLE -- Angels ace Jered Weaver exited his Sunday start against the Mariners with only 86 pitches under his belt. The main reason stemmed from a scary comebacker one inning earlier, when Dustin Ackley's hard liner nailed Weaver in the back of his right shoulder with one out in the bottom of the fifth at Safeco Field.
Asked if he felt the injury would affect his start in five days, Weaver said: "No, I don't think so. We'll see."
"It feels all right," Weaver added after the Angels' 2-1 loss. "It kind of grazed; kind of hit it off my glove and then hit my arm. It didn't really get me square, as much as it looked like it did. It didn't really square me up too bad, so it didn't really affect anything."
After being hit, Weaver threw two warmup pitches, then finished the frame and came out to start the sixth. But after giving up a one-out single to Justin Smoak and a walk to Trayvon Robinson, Weaver was pulled in favor of rookie left-hander Nick Maronde.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the comebacker had "a lot to do with" his decision to take Weaver out, but added that, "From Pitch 1, he was really grinding."
The right-hander finished giving up eight hits -- two of them solo homers -- and four walks in 5 1/3 innings, putting his ERA on the year at 2.86.
"He could've stayed in the game, he felt like he could pitch, but this is something that's going to get sore as time goes on," Scioscia said. "I'm sure it's going to stiffen up tonight, and we'll see how it sets up tomorrow."
"It got him in a good spot; it got him with a lot of muscle," catcher Chris Iannetta added. "It's a bruise; it's soreness."