Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said the team will be "cognizant" of Weaver's workload early in the season, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Weaver was limited to 64.1 innings in the majors last season due to forearm tightness and has never logged more than 140.1 in any season during his professional career. "We want to see his career thrive, not just his 2020 thrive," Hazen said. "So we're going to be mindful of it." That means Weaver's pitch counts could be restricted early in the season, and Hazen mentioned inserting a sixth starter as well as building in extra rest. The general manager added that the club has no plans to shut Weaver down due to an artificial innings limit.
Weaver allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Royals. Weaver labored through a 31-pitch first inning and was then pulled after striking out the first batter of the second inning. He finished with just 38 pitches, five more than his spring debut, during which he lasted just two-thirds of an inning. That's two rough first innings in a row for the right-hander, who reported to camp healthy after missing four months in 2018 due to a forearm strain. He's allowed six runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five over two spring innings.
Weaver allowed four runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's spring game against Oakland. Weaver, who missed nearly four months in 2019 with a forearm strain, made his spring debut Wednesday. Both he and manager Torey Lovullo accentuated the positive despite the results. "The ball was coming out good; I think I saw some good velocity numbers out of the fastball," Weaver, who topped out in the mid-90s, told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Repblic. "Threw some good cutters. Threw some good changeups. Some swing and miss for some strikeouts against a couple of really good hitters." The right-hander's command was not pinpoint, but he got his normal workload in, throwing 33 pitches before departing. Ugly spring outings happen; the process is more important than results in February.
Weaver said Wednesday that he isn't concerned about the health of his throwing arm entering spring training after facing no restrictions during his offseason workouts, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. With a 3.03 ERA and 21.3 K-BB% through his first 11 starts of 2019, Weaver was on his way to a stellar first season in Arizona before he was shut down for nearly four months while dealing with a forearm strain. While Weaver was able to make it back in September for a brief two-inning appearance, it's equally encouraging that he steered clear of any further setbacks during his offseason throwing sessions. Weaver noted Wednesday that he believes he's made some mechanical tweaks over the winter that will make him less susceptible to additional arm-related injuries, so he looks like he can be targeted in fantasy drafts with few reservations.
Weaver is healthy but was shut down for the season Wednesday, Jack Magruder of the Associated Press reports. Weaver returned from a lengthy absence due to an elbow injury to make just one two-inning appearance Saturday. There's time for him to pitch again, and he's reportedly healthy enough to do so, but the Diamondbacks have little reason to push him with the playoffs out of reach. Another healthy appearance could have helped fantasy owners assess Weaver's status heading into next season, but he'll instead enter the offseason as something of a mystery. His 2.94 ERA, 26.5 percent strikeout rate and 5.4 percent walk rate all represent significant steps forward from last season, but that came over a small, 12-start sample.
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