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Weaver drops appeal of six-game suspension

Weaver drops appeal of six-game suspension

Weaver drops appeal of six-game suspension
ANAHEIM -- After declaring Friday night that he still intended to appeal his six-game suspension for throwing over the head of Tigers catcher Alex Avila last Sunday, Angels right-hander Jered Weaver had an abrupt change of heart before the Halos' game against Seattle on Saturday night.

Weaver dropped his appeal, telling reporters after batting practice that he wanted to get the situation behind him. Weaver's suspension began Saturday, and manager Mike Scioscia said Weaver's next start would still be next Saturday in Toronto. Weaver previously was scheduled to pitch in Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays.

"If we had gone through it and prolonged the process, we would have had to call up a pitcher," said Weaver, who threw nine scoreless innings in Friday's extra-innings win over Seattle. "It helps out the team a lot more, just pushed me back a day. And like I said, just get the process under way and get it behind you."

Scioscia, who served a one-game suspension for the events of last Sunday's game, said it was unlikely that Weaver's suspension would have been shortened, and now the Angels can move forward without any uncertainty clouding Weaver's status.

"At least we know what's happening," Scioscia said, "that helps us a lot."

Saturday's twist came as a surprise, considering Weaver had remained adamant throughout the week that he wanted a chance to state his case and have his side of the story heard.

"It would have been nice to do, but this helps the team out a lot more just to get it started," Weaver said.

And though he accepted Major League Baseball's original ruling, it was clear that Weaver was still annoyed by the actions of Detroit's Carlos Guillen, who ignited Sunday's confrontation after he seemingly admired his solo home run that put the Tigers up, 3-0.

After home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt issued a warning to Weaver and both dugouts following Guillen's blast, Weaver threw the ensuing pitch over Avila's head, prompting an immediate ejection.

"If Guillen didn't do what he did, we wouldn't even be having the conversation right now," Weaver said.

David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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