Jered Weaver Injury: Updates on Angels Pitcher's Back and Return

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Jered Weaver Injury: Updates on Angels Pitcher's Back and Return
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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:

Updates from Thursday, July 10

The Los Angeles Times' Zach Helfand reports on Jered Weaver's potential return to the Angels' rotation:

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.

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'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:

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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:

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:

The right-hander echoed a similar sentiment according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:

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:

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.

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.

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