Jered Weaver could return from the disabled list next week

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Finally some good news for the Anaheim Angels.

According to beat writer Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, staff ace Jered Weaver could be activated from the disabled list for a start next week if everything goes well during his appearance in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.

Weaver has been out since suffering a fracture in his left (non-throwing) elbow while trying to move out of the way of a comebacker on April 7 at Rangers Ballpark In Arlington. He was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks. It’ll take him closer to seven.

Weaver, who earned Cy Young votes in 2012, had thrown just 11 total innings before hitting the shelf.

The Angels’ hideous 4.77 team ERA ranks 28th in the major leagues, in front of only the Blue Jays and Astros. Which probably played a big role in Anaheim’s decision to rush Weaver back without a rehab start.

Report: Cubs sign Brian Duensing to two-year, $7 million deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher Brian Duensing to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Duensing, 34, spent last season with the Cubs and pitched effectively. He posted a 2.74 ERA with a 61/18 K/BB ratio across 62 1/3 innings. His 23.7 percent strikeout rate marked a career high and he didn’t sacrifice much in the way of control to do so.

According to Heyman, Duensing had offers for “significantly more money” from other teams, but chose to return to the Cubs because he enjoyed his time there in 2017. The lefty will fill the same role as last season, operating as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.