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Weaver, headed to funeral, will get an extra day's rest

The Sports Xchange

Holding steady 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers with 25 games to go, the Angels will adjust their rotation this weekend.

Right-hander Jered Weaver will not start Friday against the Twins as expected. He left the team Thursday in order to travel to Oregon to attend funeral services for his grandfather, who died last week. Weaver will rejoin the Angels in Anaheim in time to start Saturday against the Twins instead. The move will give Weaver an extra day's rest after he started on short rest in Texas last weekend.

Tyler Chatwood is expected to be recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake to fill in for Weaver and start Friday's game against the Twins. Chatwood made two starts for Salt Lake after being demoted in mid-August, but he was scratched from his scheduled start there Wednesday.

With an off day coming up next Thursday, the Angels will have to decide whether to push their other weekend starters (Joel Pineiro and Jerome Williams) back to accommodate Weaver or skip one of the starters at the back end of the rotation.

This weekend's change could also affect the rotation for the season-ending three-game series against the Rangers in Anaheim -- a series the Angels hope will be crucial to deciding the AL West title.

Weaver was on track to make six September starts, including one of the final two games of the season against the Rangers. With this weekend's change, though, the Angels might have to consider pitching Weaver on short rest in order to get him in the mix to start one of the games in that final series.

Weaver started on three days' rest for the first time in his career Sunday in Texas. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks in six-plus innings and took the loss.

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