The Angels will have more starters than rotation spots when Jered Weaver makes his return from left hip inflammation, but the decision about who gets the boot will wait for at least one week.
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Weaver threw a 50-pitch simulated game Thursday during the team’s optional workout. The veteran right-hander is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Monday or Tuesday, which sets him up for a potential return next weekend against the Rangers.
Weaver was really struggling prior to landing on the disabled list last month, posting a 4.75 ERA over 16 starts with a career-low 4.6 K/9. He has allowed 16 home runs in just 96 2/3 innings. Still, he figures to slide right back into the rotation, which means that Matt Shoemaker (4.85 ERA) is likely the odd man out. Andrew Heaney owns a 1.32 ERA over four starts since replacing Weaver in the rotation, so he’s simply been too good to send back down to Triple-A.
Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.
Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.
After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.