Report: Jered Weaver to visit a spine specialist Monday.
The Angels have a few lingering injuries issues to the pitching staff heading into the 2016 season. C.J. Wilson has had a couple bullpen sessions recovering from should tendinitis and Tyler Skaggs is coming off of Tommy John surgery. Wilson and Skaggs are likely to start the season on the DL and there have also been reports that Skaggs will see an innings restriction. Yesterday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reported that Jered Weaver will see a spine specialist on Monday after being diagnosed with mild degenerative changes in his cervical spine.
Weaver only complained of tightness in his neck after pitching against the Dodgers last week. Weaver struggled topping out at 81 mph and giving up three home runs. But, most assumed he was just trying to get his rhythm back. Besides, its spring training. There’s no reason to rush back to throw 100 mile an hour heaters. However, with Weaver, the problem seemed to be deeper. After having an MRI this past Thursday, the news broke of his spine condition on Saturday.
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Spine-health.com defines the cervical spine as “a delicate – housing of the spinal cord that sends messages from the brain to control all aspects of the body – while also remarkably flexible, allowing movement in all directions, and strong.” With tightness in his neck, it could mean he just needs to stretch it out more before games, or maybe he has a more serious problem. However, he’s too important to the Angels rotation to take chances.
The good news in all this, is he is playing catch and warming up with the team in light of the neck issue. It is up in the air at this moment if this will be Weaver least season before an announcement that he is retiring. However, If the specialist visit shows us something more serious, we could have yet another pitcher on the DL opening day.