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.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.