Jered Weaver chose an opportune time to make a triumphant return to the Los Angeles Angels pitching staff. The team’s ace spent plenty of time plotting his comeback after breaking his left elbow on April 7, but the right-hander went swiftly to showing how much he was missed in striking out seven in six innings and allowing just a sole run as the Halos emerged victorious over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3.
A recorded 39,172 were in attendance for Weaver’s gem at Angel Stadium as his team took temporary bragging rights in the Freeway Series.
“Jered’s obviously proven he’s top of the rotation, among the best in baseball, and we have no choice but to have some confidence with him going out there,” said Angels’ Mark Trumbo, via MLB.com.
Weaver was certainly glad to get back out there as well, adding : “I’m one of those guys that wants to be out there every fifth day, but there’s some things you can’t really do anything about — you just have to sit back and let things heal.
“It made it even more frustrating that obviously we didn’t start out to expectations. You just have to sit out, and you really can’t do much about it. I thought that was pretty frustrating, but it made it all worthwhile coming back out there tonight.”
The win comes as second-place Oakland A’s were surging up the AL West with six straight wins, sitting 6.5 ahead of the Angels while the first-place Texas Rangers are perched 8.5 games ahead of the Halos.