Updates from Saturday, July 12
The Angels announced that Weaver is set to pitch tonight:
Updates from Friday, July 11
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has the latest on Weaver:
#Angels Jered Weaver a go to start tomorrow.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 11, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 10
Jered Weaver’s tight back appears to be healing without any issues. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said before Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays that Weaver is on track to start in his rotation spot Saturday.
'Just based on his workout this afternoon, he definitely seems like he’s past that point of being at risk, and he didn’t feel a thing,' Scioscia said. 'So most likely, if he can feel good the next couple of days he’ll pitch on Saturday.'
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has the latest on Weaver's status:
#Angels’ Weaver (lower back) could go on DL with Santiago replacing him Saturday. Weaver could miss only one start due to break.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 10, 2014
Los Angeles Angels All-Star starting pitcher Jered Weaver exited Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a back injury.
The Angels' official Twitter account reported the news:
#Angels Jered Weaver played catch and said he feels "a lot better."— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 8, 2014
After the Angles' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays, manager Mike Scioscia talked about the injury via Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register:
Jered Weaver left tonight's game with lower back tightness.— #VoteGRich (@Angels) July 8, 2014
The right-hander echoed a similar sentiment according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:
Scioscia said Jered Weaver is day to day. It feels better already. Hoping he can make his next start. #Angels— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 8, 2014
Weaver pitched two perfect innings and struck out one batter before leaving the mound for the evening, suggesting this may be more than a precautionary move. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star offered some more context on Weaver's abrupt departure from Monday's contest at Angel Stadium of Anaheim:
#Angels RHP Jered Weaver says he feels "80 times better" now than when he came out of game and is confident he'll make his next start.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) July 8, 2014
It's unclear whether this most recent ailment is related to the lower back strain that sent Weaver to the 15-day disabled list in May 2012.
The 31-year-old veteran has a 9-6 record this year and has been making adjustments to accommodate for a lack of power-pitching prowess.
"Well, the velocity is not quite there like it used to be," said Weaver, per USA Today's Joe Haakenson. "I'm not 23 anymore, but getting a feel for the hitters, making adjustments as the league adjusts to you, I think I've been pretty good at that."
After an excellent month of May in which Weaver posted a 1.98 ERA, though, he followed that with a 3.99 ERA in June, then got rocked in his previous appearance on July 1 for five earned runs versus the Chicago White Sox. He is still having a stellar season overall, but rest may be necessary for Weaver to become more consistent down the stretch of the regular season.
Jered Weaver's shortest start since 1.0 inning on Oct. 3, 2012 #BlueJays Lower back tightness tonight— Richard Griffin (@RGriffinStar) July 8, 2014
The good news is that the All-Star break is approaching and the Angels are in a great spot, firmly in second in the American League West division behind only the Oakland Athletics. Thus, Weaver has some time to recuperate and return rejuvenated—should he miss his next scheduled start.