Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Dodgers put Jeff Weaver on DL
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of tendinitis in his left knee, an injury he said he has been dealing with for about two weeks.
Weaver said he didn't alert the team's medical or coaching staffs until after he gave up five earned runs in two innings Monday night against the San Diego Padres.
To fill Weaver's roster spot, the Dodgers recalled reliever Ramon Troncoso, who had been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 3.
"They kind of pried it out of me," Weaver said. "Obviously, I wasn't able to command my pitches like I need to. It's my landing leg, obviously, so there has been some inconsistency with it. Now is not the time to go out there not at your best. It's frustrating, but it's not something that is going to get worse or anything. It just needs a little time to work itself out. Hopefully, this will give me a chance to get it stronger."
Weaver said he didn't sense club officials were upset with him for concealing his injury, which he says came on gradually.
"They didn't really say anything about it," he said. "I think more than anything, they were happy I came forth with it instead of continuing to go out there with it."
Weaver said he hoped to be ready to return as soon as he becomes eligible on Aug. 18.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.