SEATTLE -- Angels ace Jered Weaver left Wednesday's regular-season finale at Safeco Field after just one inning because of what the team called "general fatigue."
Facing the Mariners in search of his 21st win, Weaver gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in the bottom of the first, throwing 25 pitches. Afterwards, the Angels decided to take the precautionary route and put an early end to his season.
Weaver's shoulder felt a little weak, though the 30-year-old right-hander said he wasn't experiencing any pain.
"I think after that first hitter, you could probably tell that something wasn't going right," Weaver said, after a 12-0 loss that wrapped up the Angels' season at 89-73. "It's not too often where I throw four pitches, not even close to the zone. It's tough to turn it on when you know your season is done. I just didn't want to push it and have something bad happen."
In a season that saw him throw his first no-hitter and reach 100 career victories, Weaver finished 20-5 to tie David Price for the American League lead in wins. His 2.81 ERA ranks third, behind only Price (2.56) and Justin Verlander (2.64), while his 1.02 WHIP is tied with Clayton Kershaw for the lowest in the Majors. When the rotation struggled early, posting a collective 5.50 ERA while the team went 14-22, it was Weaver who kept them afloat.
Asked how badly he wanted to make a final statement for the Cy Young, Weaver estimated it was 30-70 -- with only 30 percent of him interested.
"I wanted to give it a go," Weaver said, "but at the same time knew that it'd be tough to turn it on."