Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left elbow. Weaver will be out at least a month, if not more, to allow the injury to heal properly.
The good news is the injury was sustained on Weaver’s non-throwing arm. Considering how the injury occurred in Sunday night’s 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, the Angels are most certainly thankful for that.
Weaver suffered the injury while attempting to dive out of the way of a Mitch Moreland single that shot right back up the middle in the sixth inning. Weaver immediately knew something was wrong with his arm as he could be seen clutching his left elbow while trying to walk the pain off. He leaned over several times with his hands on his knees in what looked like an attempt to regain his breath.
Obviously, it is not good that the 30-year-old ace will miss numerous starts over the next several weeks. This is especially the case when the starting rotation has had their fair share of struggles through the first six games of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Los Angeles’ rotation has posted a 2-4 record with a 3.81 earned run average, 11 home runs, 19 walks and a .221 opponent batting average.
With that being said, the comeback shot from Moreland could have just as easily hit Weaver in the head while he was ducking out of the way. The starter could have also torn a muscle while diving to the ground to avoid the ball. The fact is a month is a long time in baseball terms, but it could have been worse.
Right-handed relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa was called up from Triple-A to take Weaver’s spot on the 25-man roster. The Angels have yet to decide who will take the starter’s spot in the rotation.