Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Angels Jered Weaver lets out scream after injuring back

Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver left his start against the New York Yankees in the first inning Monday night after throwing only 12 pitches due to pain in his lower back.  After Weaver came out of his painful pitch and a hush fell over Angel Stadium, the frustrated hurler let out a scream that could be heard at Disneyland.

Weaver gave up two hits and a run before the awkward strike to Robinson Cano left him limping off the mound.  He walked around the dirt and then attempted a warm-up pitch that had nothing on it before walking towards the Angels clubhouse and letting out the scream.

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"It felt like somebody stabbed me in the back," said Weaver.  "I never felt anything like that before.  It's disappointing.  You get up for games like this."

Weaver will have an MRI exam on Tuesday and Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't know if his star will be placed on the disabled list.

The two-time All-Star is off to a Cy Young type season.  Weaver is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA and the right-hander was making his first start at Angel Stadium since throwing a no-hitter on May 2 against the Minnesota Twins.

Weaver was treated by the Angels trainers and was still at his locker after his teammate Mark Trumbo's walk-off home run gave the Angels a 9-8 victory.

"I can't really bend over too much," Weaver said.  "I tried to throw that second pitch, but there was no way.  The way the team is playing right now, I'm one of the guys who wants to be out there."

Weaver was unbeatable at Angel Stadium so far this season.  Including the no-hitter, he was 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA at home.

Scioscia is concerned about his 6-foot-7 ace but knows he can only take it day-by-day.

"We're going to look at a couple of things and see what we need to do," said Scioscia.  "He's stiff now, but we'll have the exams tomorrow and make a decision."




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