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STARTING PITCHER WEAVER’S ARM IS IMPROVING
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 02:30 AM EDT

Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver is unsure how long he’ll sit out to rest his biceps tendonitis.

L.A’ 16-game winner insists he’ll return before the end of the time to help the Angels in their playoff chase.

“It just came to the point where I couldn’t keep going out there at 75, 80 percent,” Weaver announced. “It definitely didn’t make the decision exceedingly easy, knowing we’re trying to make a push in Sep, and I would like to take part in it. I want to take the ball each 5th day.”

As an alternative he’s missing at least one start while hoping his arm rebounds back. An MRI exam on his right shoulder this week disclosed tendonitis after he was hit by a line drive in his last start — that has nothing at all to do with his injury, Weaver emphasized.

“It’s nothing new in my career,” related Weaver, who’s second in the American League in victories. “I’ve dealt with biceps tendonitis a great deal, even in high school and college. This one has been lingering a lot longer than usual, though.”

The Angels skipped Weaver in the rotation in the opener of a 7-game homestand against Detroit Tigers, with Ervin Santana taking the start on normal rest. Weaver has lost 3 of his past 5 after a 16-1 start to the season, slowing down another inspiring season right when the Angels seriously need his steady presence in an inconsistent rotation.

But Weaver can’t throw his slider or fastball lately without pain. He’s been making efforts to survive through games on courage and guile, often throwing an 84-mph fastball that makes him embarrassed to have a look at the radar gun.

“It just all relies on how it responds,” he revealed. “You’d like to just skip the one start, and (see) signs it was getting better. There’s no timetable, really. … I don’t take the remainder of the year off.

Weaver has faced the most significant injury troubles of his career this season, yet none of it had thrown off his game till his past few starts. Football scores

He threw a no-hitter against Minnesota on May 2 and began a 10-game, 2-month winning run right after that. Weaver made his 3rd straight All-Star team this summer regardless of missing 3 weeks to rest a back injury.

The Southern California native’s 2.86 ERA is 4th-best in the American League despite allowing 21 runs in his past 5 starts, and opponents are batting .216 against him, 2nd only to Detroit’s Justin Verlander. But he has just 121 strikeouts in 25 starts after notching up 233 in 34 starts two seasons gone, and Tampa Bay Rays battered him for a career-worst 9 runs in an ugly home start last month.

“It’s something Weave has been dealing with for a few starts,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia related. “We all feel it’s important for him to take a step backwards and see where he is. Weave has pitched very well when he isn’t 100%. It just got to the point of where it was affecting some of the things he wished to do. … We are just letting it calm down, and he is going to start to play catch on the weekend and see where he is.”


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