On Sunday night, against a division rival on national television, Los Angeles Angels‘ fans worst nightmares came true: on a comeback pitch in the sixth inning against Texas Rangers catcher Mitch Moreland, Jered Weaver dove away from a hit ball and landed awkwardly on his left arm. Weaver came up holding his left elbow and looked to be in considerable pain, then immediately left the game while accompanied by Angels trainers.
The hit never touched Weaver, but Weaver clearly tweaked something in his elbow while trying to avoid the hit. Weaver may have hyperextended his arm on the play.
More importantly, Angels fans want to know, will the Angels’ only consistent pitcher miss significant time?
Unfortunately, no one has that answer. But given Weaver’s history, he shouldn’t miss too much time. He most likely stretched a tendon in his elbow and experienced immediate, not long-term, discomfort.
The Angels had been relying on a consistent bullpen to carry them through a relatively poor hitting slump through the first two series, and the club will look to the pen even more with Weavers’ absence.
Mark Lowe replaced Weaver after the right-hander came out of the game with the elbow injury, and immediately threw two wild pitches which nearly hit Rangers catcher Geovany Soto. Los Angeles’ bullpen started out the season well, but the Angels will not be able to depend on their relievers without strong starting pitching.
Hopefully Weaver doesn’t have to miss any starts and quickly returns to the Angels’ rotation. If he doesn’t, though, Los Angeles may be looking at an early offseason once again.
John EEngel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.