Jered Weaver Injury: Updates on Angels Star's Elbow

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 7, 2013

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been diagnosed with a strained left elbow after being removed from Sunday's start against the Texas Rangers, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

DiGiovanna tweeted on Sunday:


UPDATE: Sunday, May 26, at 5:26 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Jered Weaver will return to the Angels' rotation on Wednesday to face the Dodgers after being activated from the disabled list, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:

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UPDATE: Friday, May 24, at 5:26 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Angels announced that Weaver is expected to be activated next week:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 22, at 5:42 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Angels' Twitter account, Weaver threw 5.2 innings in an extended spring training game on Wednesday:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 9, 12:55 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Bad news for the Angels, who will be without Weaver for four to six weeks after breaking his non-throwing elbow, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:

The Angels have confirmed this report and have placed Weaver on the DL as well, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:

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Weaver came into Sunday's game with a 1.50 ERA after holding the Cincinnati Reds to one run in six innings on April 1, but he allowed five runs in five innings against the Rangers on Sunday. That included seven hits, four walks and two home runs.

The 30-year-old posted a 20-5 record with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP last season with the Angels. For his career, he's registered a 3.23 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP while going 102-52. As the Angels' No. 1 starter this season, he's a big part of the club.

The Angels have started a disappointing 2-4 this season, while Weaver has gone 1-1 in his first two starts of the campaign. This is despite boasting a stacked lineup including Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. They lost to the Rangers on Sunday, 7-3.

Last season, the Angels ranked fourth in MLB in runs, but 18th in the league in team ERA. They ranked 14th in starters' ERA and 22nd in bullpen ERA. After losing 2012 midseason acquisition Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the offseason, Weaver's injury is even more concerning.

They currently sport a rotation of Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Joe Blanton, Jason Vargas and Tommy Hanson. Vargas is the only starter aside from Weaver who has an ERA better than 4.50 so far.