Apr 7, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (36) reacts to giving up a home run the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Although initial x-rays came back negative on Jered Weaver’s left elbow, things became more clear once the swelling went down.
Weaver injured himself on Sunday night against the Rangers when he fell awkwardly on his left arm avoiding a comebacker from Mitch Moreland.
The official diagnosis is a non-displaced radial head fracture—which probably only means anything if you’re a doctor or med-student or some sort of information-absorbing genius. Either way, the news isn’t good. Weaver—even with his alarming decrase in velocity and early-season ineffectiveness is the Angels’ best pitcher and it’s not as if this is a pitching-rich team.
To take his roster spot, the Angels have called up reliever Dane de la Rosa, a 6-foot-7 righty who was acquired from the Rays late last month for another righty, Steve Geltz.
As for Weaver’s rotation spot, both Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams are capable fill-ins, but the team has yet to make an announcement on who exactly will take his spot.
With uncertainty already surrounding the Angels’ thin pitching staff, this is a big blow. With Richards being the most likely to move into the rotation, it not only makes the starting staff weaker, but also the bullpen—which had been using Richards extensively out of the ‘pen in the early going.
Weaver has struggled through his frist two starts of the year, hitting only 85-87 MPH on his fastball and in 11 innings of work, he’d given up six runs and six walks while striking out six. Even a sub-par Weaver, however, is better than relying on the likes of Joe Blanton and Jason Vargas near the top of the rotation.
We’re only six games in and even this injury will only keep Weaver out until mid-to-late-May, and there shouldn’t be any worries regarding his return since it isn’t an injury to his throwing arm. Still, with both Oakland and Texas looking very good in the AL West, that might just be enough to sink the Angels’ season. Let’s hope they start hitting all the home runs.