Angels to revisit Weaver schedule after side session

Angels to revisit Weaver schedule after side session

Angels to revisit Weaver schedule after side session
ANAHEIM -- While Angels right-hander Jered Weaver didn't take the mound for his scheduled start on Friday against the Tigers, the team remains optimistic that the tendinitis in his pitching arm will subside in the coming days.

The Angels will take the weekend to evaluate Weaver, who will throw a side session on Saturday, and continue to get treatment on his right biceps. After that, the team will see how he responds and determine when he will pitch again.

"I've had this happen to be me before and usually can throw through it," Weaver said. "The difference is this time that the soreness has lingered and it isn't going away.

"I'd like to just skip the one start, but it all depends on how my body responds. We really don't have a timetable on the return."

Struggling with the tendinitis lately, Weaver combined to surrender 18 runs on 30 hits in his last four starts. During those outings, the right-hander said he noticed a drop in the velocity on his fastball and that he couldn't loosen up as easily on the bench in between innings.

"It is something Weave's been dealing with for a handful of starts and it got to a point where we felt it was important for him to take a half step backwards," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It got to a level where it was affecting things he needed to do."

Yet, as a competitor, Weaver said it is still hard for him to sit on the bench and watch his teammates out there as they compete for a spot in the postseason.

"It isn't an easy decision to make knowing we are fighting for a playoff spot. I want to be a part of it and pitch every fifth day," Weaver said. "But we have a lot of depth on the staff and will get through it."

Ervin Santana started Friday's game against the Tigers, while C.J. Wilson will start Saturday's game and Zack Greinke will take the hill on Sunday. With Thursday's off-day, it allows everyone to pitch on normal rest.

If Weaver is unable to pitch when his turn in the rotation comes up again, Scioscia said the Angels would consider Jerome Williams, Garrett Richards or Barry Enright to fill his spot.

An MRI on Wednesday revealed Weaver had tendinitis in his pitching arm. However, it wasn't directly linked to taking a line drive off his right shoulder in a start against the Mariners on Sunday.

"Weave is taking a half step back, but it is nothing long range," Scioscia said. "The strength is there, the inflammation just needs to go down. We aren't going to make any decisions on this at least through the weekend."