Weaver has some hiccups, but isn't worried

Weaver has some hiccups, but isn't worried

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It wasn't an easy third spring start for Angels ace Jered Weaver. He faced six batters each in the first and third innings, expended over 60 pitches by the time he completed four and wound up giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while on his way to recording 13 outs against the Indians in the Angels' 8-3 win at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday.

"Obviously a lot of pitches," Weaver said after a 78-pitch, 4 1/3-inning outing, "but the location and stuff will come in the next couple starts."

Weaver -- with a 3.18 ERA in 11 1/3 Cactus League innings -- focused on spotting his fastball on the inside corner early on, then mixed in plenty of breaking balls and changeups late. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the first, then one run on two hits and a walk in the third. But he struck out three of his last five hitters and, most importantly, finished it feeling healthy.

The 31-year-old right-hander said he typically doesn't worry about results "until the last start before the season. Then I pitch the way I do during the season. Until then, I'm just trying to work on stuff."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.