Weaver could soon return to rotation

September, 9, 2012
9/09/12
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ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver could return to the Los Angeles Angels’ rotation as early as next week but Angels manager Mike Scioscia was cautious not to lock him into an exact date until he saw his ace on the mound.

“At some point he’s going to have to get on the mound for touch and feel and it will likely be (Monday),” Scioscia said. “But we’re not fitting in a schedule for Weave to follow of when he has to pitch. We’re going to pitch him when he’s ready. So it’s going to go according to how he feels. When he’s ready to pitch we’ll put him in there.”

Weaver missed his start Friday night against the Detroit Tigers to rest his biceps tendinitis but played catch from about 90 feet on Saturday and Sunday. Sciosica said he would talk to Weaver Sunday and Monday to determine when Weaver would return.

“He’ll verbalize it and we want to tangibly see him throwing the ball free and see how it’s coming out of his hand,” Scioscia said. “And just get confidence that he’s at a higher level than he was last week. If he’s not, you’re just spinning your wheels.”

Here's a look at today’s lineups:

Tigers

Austin Jackson 2B
Andy Dirks LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B

Angels

Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols DH
Kendrys Morales 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Mark Trumbo LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Chris Iannetta C

Arash Markazi

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Mike Trout
BA HR RBI R
.287 27 89 84
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 27
RBIM. Trout 89
RM. Trout 84
OPSM. Trout .928
WJ. Weaver 13
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164