The Los Angeles Angels have announced that starting pitcher Jered Weaver will go on the 15-day designated list with a fractured elbow on his non throwing arm. Weaver went down ackwardly on his arm while trying to avoid a comebacker hit by Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland on Sunday.
Weaver will miss at least four weeks with what the team is calling a “left non-displaced radial head fracture.” He wasn’t struck by the hit, but still grabbed his elbow out of pain after the dive. Last season’s 20-game winner was given the loss against the Rangers after surrendering five runs on seven hits Sunday.
The Angels have now lost their only real consiestency in the starting rotation until May, and will most likely have to move either Jerome Williams or Garrett Richards from the bullpen to fill Weaver’s void. Both Williams and Richards started in place of Weaver last season as well.
Williams would be the safest choice to move to the starting rotation simply because of his experience as a starter. The Angels may not want to pull Richards from the bullpen as he seems to be much more comfortable in his role this season.
Last season, Richards was bounced between the starting rotation and bullpen. Richards is being cultivated to be a pitcher of the future for Los Angeles, and it wouldn’t be smart to continue changing his role during this stage of his career.
It’s obvious losing Weaver will be a significant hit to the Angels’ rotation, but Los Angeles does have option for his replacement. Will Williams or Richards be pulled up to the starting rotation?
John Engel 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.