Jered Weaver and Jeff Weaver bat against each other for first time

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Jeff Weaver and Jered Weaver have faced each other before on the mound, but yesterday one brother stepped into the batter’s box against the other brother for the first time.
Jeff entered the game in the top of the third inning in relief of Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios and then led off the bottom of the frame against Jered. Jeff ended up taking a called third strike from Jered, and then afterward called him “a wuss” for throwing an off-speed pitch.
Not only was it the first time one Weaver had pitched to the other, it was the first pitcher-batter matchup for any brother combination since Ruddy Lugo and Julio Lugo in 2007. And that one isn’t nearly as amusing, because Julio Lugo is a hitter (technically, at least).
One inning later Jered grounded out against Jeff, but despite making contact admitted that Jeff “is the better hitter of the two of us.” I’ll give Angels manager Mike Scioscia the final word: “At least Jered put the ball in play.” Jeff Weaver pitched well in relief, allowing one run in 2.1 innings, but Jered Weaver picked up his sixth victory with a Quality Start.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.