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How long will Jered Weaver be out?

5/29/2012



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