With Weaver idled, Angels need fill-in for Tuesday

With Weaver idled, Angels need fill-in for Tuesday

ANAHEIM -- Angels starter Jered Weaver, fighting through tendinitis, played catch from about 90 feet on Saturday, a session manager Mike Scioscia described as "really good" and "encouraging."

Weaver's status moving forward is still unknown -- he'll repeat the process on Sunday and will then need to throw a bullpen session -- but the soonest he can pitch in a game is Wednesday. That's five days after the Friday start Weaver missed and means the Angels will have to use a current reliever to start Tuesday against the Athletics, with Dan Haren lined up to start Monday's series opener.

With Garrett Richards and Nick Maronde pitching in short relief lately, the likely candidates for that spot start appear to be Jerome Williams and Barry Enright. Another option could be bringing back Ervin Santana on short rest. Santana, with a 2.91 ERA his last five outings, started Friday, but went into that start with a day extra in between.

Scioscia indicated that he has already decided on a starter, but wants to see how the next few days play out before making an announcement.

As for Weaver starting on Wednesday?

"We're going to keep the progression and see where he is," Scioscia said. "No decision made at this time, but it's good news that he got out there and threw."