Jered Weaver hadn’t taken the mound for the Los Angeles Angels since April 7 when he fractured his non-pitching elbow in a freak on-field accident. On Wednesday, he returned and looked good in six innings of work. He allowed just one run on five hits to the Los Angeles Dodgers, striking out seven and did not walk a batter.
Weaver is coming back at a good time for the Angels as they try to climb out of the hole they have dug for themselves. Even after a recent eight-game winning streak, the team was still six games below .500 coming into play on Wednesday. If the team is to get back into contention, Weaver will have to be the one that leads the way, at least on the pitching side of things.
It will take a few outings for Weaver to return completely to form. He threw just 86 pitches on Wednesday but for now, that is good enough. Weaver at 90 percent is better than just about any other starter the Angels could throw out there.
The Angels aren’t out of the running yet, but they do need to get going very soon. It is no longer early in the season as we are almost a third of the way through. The pitching staff is going to have to be better, and especially the bullpen. The offense has been playing well over the last couple of weeks and should continue to produce. June will be a make-or-break month for the Angels.
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