So far this season I have been chronicling former Angel Jered Weaver‘s first season away from the Anaheim as he tries to resurrect his career in San Diego for the Padres. So far it hasn’t gone well for Weaver as he is 0-5 with a 7.44 ERA.
In Jered Weaver’s last start on Friday’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks which saw Weaver give up seven earned runs while only retiring two batters, giving up three home runs in the process.
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Weaver had just come off his best start of the season only six days prior to Saturday night’s debacle. On May 14th, Mother’s Day, Weaver had shut down the Chicago White Sox holding them to one run over six innings and left with the lead for the first time all season. Unfortunately the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead giving eight runs in the eighth inning.
However, the start was enough to save his spot in the rotation. A couple of days prior to the start Weaver had basically been given an ultimatum by Padres chairman Ron Fowler only days before stating on a local radio show in San Diego that Weaver was on a ‘short leash’. Fowler insinuated that if Weaver’s next outing did not go well that a move would be made.
Unfortunately Weaver’s start last Friday did not go nearly as well and many people were wondering what the Padres were going to do with Weaver going forward.
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The reason Weaver landed on the disabled list is hip inflammation Padres manager Andy Green said in an interview with Ryan Posner, who covers the Padres for MLB.Com.
“He’s had left hip inflammation for some time,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He’s been battling and hasn’t been at full health, and it’s something for the last couple years he’s battled. He just doesn’t feel like he has the freedom to pitch the way he can pitch.”
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While Weaver is officially on the 10-day DL he will most likely be on the disabled list for a month or longer according to Green. Weaver had a similar injury in 2015 with the Angels which landed him on the disabled list for close to six weeks.
“I think it’ll be a little more than 10 days, for sure right now,” Green said. ” We’re putting a strength progression in place for him right now. … We’ll just take it day by day and see how he’s able to build back up the strength.”
On Tuesday the Padres officially put Weaver on the disabled list and called up former Angels reliever Jose Valdez to strengthen the Padres bullpen which has been taxed a lot in recent days. To replace Weaver in the rotation the Padres will call up Dinelson Lamet their #10 prospect to pitch tomorrow against the Mets.
Will Weaver be able to recover enough to pitch again this season for the Padres? The more important question is will the Padres want Weaver to pitch again if and when he does get healthy. Should Weaver walk away and retire?
These are all intriguing questions for Weaver to ponder while he rests his 34-year old body and hope for another chance to pitch again for San Diego. Stay Tuned …