Jered Weaver left last night’s game against the Rangers in the sixth inning after falling awkwardly on his left (i.e., non-throwing) arm avoiding a comebacker off the bat of Mitch Moreland. Weaver is expected to miss at least one start, but if he has to miss a second, the Angels could place him on the disabled list retroactively in order to make a roster move.
Weaver had a few x-rays done on his arm and they all came back negative, but he says he’s in quite a bit of pain. The Angels’ medical staff will re-examine him in the next few days once the swelling goes down—after which they’ll know more.
Weaver struggled for the second straight start to open the year last night, allowing five runs on seven hits, while walking twice as many as he struck out. His fastball was sitting in the 85-86 MPH range once again and it looks as though that may be his top velocity going forward, which could spell disaster for his season.
Weaver has never been a pitcher who relies on velocity, instead using a wonky delivery to deceive hitters and generate a ton of movement on all his pitches which keeps the ball off the barrel of the bat, but it’s hard for anyone to survive on a mid-80s fastball, especially at the level the Angels need Weaver to be at.
This injury shouldn’t keep Weaver out long, and thankfully it’s his non-throwing arm that’s hurt, but there are much bigger concerns looming if he can’t regain even a few miles-per-hour on his fastball.