HOUSTON -- Jered Weaver played catch at Minute Maid Park early Thursday afternoon, and then for the first time since suffering a broken left elbow on April 7, the Angels' ace threw off a mound.
"It was nice to put cleats on again," Weaver said after a 28-pitch, all-fastball bullpen session in which he threw at an estimated 90 percent intensity and felt "really good."
Manager Mike Scioscia said Weaver needs at least four bullpen sessions, coming every other day if he stays pain-free, before venturing out on a rehab assignment. A late May return to the Angels' rotation still seems like a possibility, but Weaver didn't want to put a timeline on his return.
Weaver just knows his left arm no longer hurts, even while following through on pitches off a slope.
"Everything felt good coming through, so I don't think I'm going to be worried about that as we go on," said Weaver, who gave up six runs in 11 innings through his first two starts. "It felt good. No pain turning it over, nothing like that. I thought maybe the glove would give me a little problem coming through real quick, but everything felt good."
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