The Angels have placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day DL with a nondisplaced radial head fracture of the left (nonpitching) elbow, the team announced. The team says he will miss a minimum of four weeks while CBSSports.com's Scott Miller hears it could be four-to-six weeks.
“It's pretty painful,” Weaver said to reporters after leaving Sunday's start with what the team initially called a strained left elbow. “It feels like a really bad jam. I definitely hyperextended it or something.”
Weaver, 30, hurt himself when he landed awkwardly while ducking a line drive. He was removed from the game immediately. He had thrown 98 pitches, allowing five runs in five innings.
The Angels figure to use either Garrett Richards or Jerome Williams in their rotation as Weaver's replacement. The recently designated for assignment Aaron Harang could be a trade option as well. The club has recalled righty Dane De La Rosa for the time being.
Weaver missed three weeks with a lower back strain last year. He is one of several aces who has shown diminished fastball velocity early in the season.