MLB.com has reported that Weaver will miss his next start vs. the Tigers due to some soreness in his pitching shoulder which is caused by tendinitis. Sunday, Weaver took a line drive off the shoulder hit by Dustin Ackley and was brought in for an MRI. Yet Angels GM Jerry Dipoto has announced Ackely’s screamer back at Weaver’s shoulder didn’t play a factor in the injury.
“Quite simply, he has biceps tendinitis and it has nothing to do with being struck with the line drive,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He’s going to miss his start next time through and should be back shortly thereafter.”
With Weaver being the most dominant pitcher of the Angels supposed super rotation, this is going to potentially hurt them down the stretch. The Angels are 2.5 out of the Wild Card Race in the American League. That seems to be their only shot with them being 7.5 back of the first place Texas Rangers.
Apparently the Angels had a planned schedule to maximize Weaver in September, using him a total of six times before the end of the regular season.
This was going to be a month when the Angels would lean heavily on Weaver, who’s 16-4 with a 2.86 ERA and has been the one constant in a star-studded rotation that struggled mightily for several weeks. Weaver was going to start almost every fifth day in September, setting him up to make six more starts and line up for the regular-season finale on Oct. 3.