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Jered Weaver set to rejoin Angels on Wednesday or Thursday

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Jered Weaver will return to the Angels this week. (USATSI)
Jered Weaver will return to the Angels this week. (USATSI)

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Angels right-hander Jered Weaver will be activated off the DL and rejoin the team's rotation on either Wednesday or Thursday, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Weaver, 30, has been sidelined since early April with a fracture in his left (non-pitching) elbow. He threw 75 pitches across 5 2/3 innings in an extended spring training game last Wednesday, and it appears that will be his only minor-league tuneup before being activated.

The Halos have won seven straight games to climb into third place in the AL West, thanks in large part to a rotation that has surrendered just nine runs (1.76 ERA) and 57 base runners (1.24 WHIP) in those seven wins. Saturday's starter, Billy Buckner, has already been designated for assignment, so Weaver can slot right into his rotation spot.

In other rotation news, right-hander Tommy Hanson threw 75 pitches in five innings during a simulated game on Saturday. He has not pitched since May 4 due to the death of his step-brother. DiGiovanna said Hanson could rejoin the rotation late next week.

The Angels came into Sunday's action with a disappointing 22-27 record despite the seven consecutive wins.

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