Angels' Weaver not sure how long he'll sit out

Associated Press Modified: September 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm •  Published: September 7, 2012
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels ace Jered Weaver is unsure how long he'll sit out to rest his biceps tendinitis.

Los Angeles' 16-game winner insists he'll return before the end of the season to help the Angels in their playoff chase.

"It just came to the point where I couldn't keep going out there at 75, 80 percent," Weaver said Friday. "It definitely didn't make the decision very easy, knowing we're trying to make a push in September, and I want to be a part of it. I want to take the ball every fifth day."

Instead, he's missing at least one start while hoping his arm bounces back. An MRI exam on his right shoulder this week revealed tendinitis after he was hit by a line drive in his last start — which has absolutely nothing to do with his injury, Weaver emphasized.

"It's nothing new in my career," said Weaver, who's second in the AL in victories. "I've dealt with biceps tendinitis a lot, even in high school and college. This one has been lingering a lot longer than usual, though."

The Angels skipped Weaver in the rotation Friday in the opener of a seven-game homestand against Detroit, with Ervin Santana taking the start on normal rest. Weaver has lost three of his past five after a 16-1 start to the season, slowing down another impressive season right when the Angels desperately need his steady presence in an inconsistent rotation.

But Weaver can't throw his slider or fastball lately without pain. He's been trying to survive through games on guts and guile, sometimes throwing an 84-mph that makes him embarrassed to look at the radar gun.

Weaver won't predict when he'll return, either.

"It just all depends on how it responds," he said. "You'd like to just skip the one start, and (see) signs it was getting better. There's no timetable, really. ... I'm not taking the rest of the year off. I've got to go out there at 80 percent if it doesn't get any better to make another four or five starts."

Weaver has faced the most significant injury woes of his career this season, yet none of it had thrown off his game until his past few starts.

He threw a no-hitter against Minnesota on May 2 and began a 10-game, 2½-month winning streak shortly thereafter. Weaver made his third straight All-Star team this summer despite missing three weeks to rest a back injury.

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