Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jered Weaver to be activated from DL on Wednesday

By Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY 
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels, winners of 18 of their last 24 games to breath down the necks of the Texas Rangers, could put even more pressure on the AL West Division leaders.
The Angels are bringing ace Jered Weaver back from the disabled list on Wednesday to start against the San Francisco Giants. Weaver, who has been out since May 28 with a lower-back strain, will be limited to 80 to 90 pitches, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
The Angels debated about having him make a rehab start, but opted instead to have him return to face big-league hitters.
"We didn't want him to waste bullets in the minor leagues," Scioscia said. "There's no reason he shouldn't get through the fifth or sixth inning."
Weaver, who says he will continue doing lower back exercises, says he feels strong now and believes it was only a fluke injury. Who knows, after already pitching a no-hitter earlier in the year, maybe he's due for another?
"It's great to see,'' Weaver said of the five no-hitters this year. "They cleaned up the game as far as the steroid thing, so now it's a level playing field for everybody.''


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