Weaver unlikely to pitch against Tigers

Weaver unlikely to pitch against Tigers

Weaver unlikely to pitch against Tigers
OAKLAND -- Jered Weaver flew back to Los Angeles on Wednesday morning to visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who will examine Weaver's sore right shoulder to determine his status moving forward.

Manager Mike Scioscia has yet to say anything definitive on Weaver, opting to wait for word from the team's medical department, but the Angels' ace hasn't thrown since taking a comebacker off his pitching shoulder on Sunday and is unlikely to pitch in the upcoming weekend series against the Tigers.

The question now seems to be how much more time Weaver will miss on top of that.

"Let's just wait. We're going to hold it," Scioscia said when asked directly about Weaver's scheduled start on Friday. "We have time to make this decision. We have a day off [on Thursday], which can help things, so we're going to just wait for some direction and we'll make a decision."

September 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 almost two months. Weaver was going to start almost every fifth day in September, setting him up to make seven starts and line up for the regular-season finale.

But those plans may have changed in the fifth inning of Sunday's game in Seattle, when a line drive off the bat of Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley caught the right-hander's right shoulder.

Weaver finished that frame, then exited with one out and two on in the sixth after 86 pitches. Afterward, he downplayed his shoulder injury, saying: "It feels all right. It kind of grazed, kind of hit it off my glove and then hit my arm. It didn't really get me square, as much as it looked like it did. It didn't really square me up too bad, so it didn't really affect anything."

But it turns out, it will at least alter the Angels' weekend rotation plans.

Now, in a series with major postseason ramifications, it will be right-hander Ervin Santana starting on Friday against Max Scherzer, C.J. Wilson starting on Saturday against Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke starting on Sunday against Anibal Sanchez. The Thursday off-day allows everyone to be on normal rest.