Jered Weaver is itching to begin a rehab assignment

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Jered Weaver threw 60 pitches in what Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com called a “high intensity bullpen session” yesterday and felt so good that he declared himself ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Or more accurately pitch one rehab game and then rejoin the Angels’ rotation, because Weaver made it clear he doesn’t think he’ll need a long stint in the minors before returning from a broken left elbow.

Of course, Weaver isn’t making the call on his recovery timetable and manager Mike Scioscia reiterated to Gonzalez that the plan is for the right-hander to make at least two rehab starts. That means he won’t be back until late this month or early next month. He was injured on April 7.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.