How long will Jered Weaver be out?

May, 29, 2012
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ANAHEIM -- The Angels sounded confident Tuesday that Jered Weaver's lower-back strain won't be something that causes him to miss several months of this season, but they also aren't sure he'll be ready to return when his stay on the 15-day disabled list ends in a couple of weeks.

"Obviously, it's significant enough that it's going to be a couple of weeks, but there's no timetable for something like this," manager Mike Scioscia said. "When he's back in the rotation is going to be when he's healthy and can throw aggressively enough to get off a mound."

In the short term, open dates on the Angels' schedule give them plenty of options to use four starting pitchers as much as possible. The Angels have the next four Thursdays off, so they'll have chances to skip Weaver's spot in the rotation.

It appears that rookie Garrett Richards will start Sunday's game against the first-place Texas Rangers -- otherwise, the Angels probably would have promoted a reliever from Triple-A Salt Lake -- but beyond that, it will be touch and go.

Here are lineups for Tuesday night's game vs. the New York Yankees, with Albert Pujols making his third start at designated hitter and Mark Trumbo, whose .979 OPS ranks third in the American League, getting a rare start at his natural position, first base:

New York
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

Angels
Mike Trout LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Albert Pujols DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Erick Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.59 169 213
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169