ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver will be out for at least a month after the ace broke a bone in his left elbow, casting a pall over the team’s home opener Tuesday before it even began.
The Angels put Weaver on the 15-day disabled list, and the durable 20-game winner’s nonthrowing arm was in a blue sling while his teammates took batting practice before their Angel Stadium opener against Oakland.
“This is all new to me,” Weaver said. “I’ve never broken anything before, and didn’t really know how to take the news. It kind of was a shock at first, and now you’ve just got to play the waiting game, I guess.”
Weaver left Sunday night’s loss to the Texas Rangers early after jamming his non-throwing arm while dodging a line drive back to the mound. The Angels initially thought Weaver had only strained his elbow, but Weaver felt abnormal pain after the game, and an MRI exam on Monday unexpectedly revealed a fracture expected to sideline him four to six weeks.
Weaver’s injury has sent the big-budget Angels scrambling after their 2-4 road start to a season of high expectations.
Manager Mike Scioscia promoted hard-throwing right-hander Garrett Richards from the bullpen to replace Weaver in the rotation, and the Angels called up right-hander Dane De La Rosa, who just joined Los Angeles in a trade with Tampa Bay last month.