Jered Weaver to make minor league rehab start Thursday

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Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been out since July 20 with left hip inflammation, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have cleared to make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Class A Inland Empire.

Weaver is back to full health, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that he has been “trying to get his mechanics, timing and velocity back to the point that he can be successful.” The 32-year-old had a 4.75 ERA over 15 starts prior to going on the disabled list while striking out only 49 batters in 96 2/3 innings and allowing 16 home runs. His average fastball velocity has checked in at just 83.9 mph (according to FanGraphs).

Andrew Heaney has been great during Weaver’s absence, posting a 1.79 ERA over six starts, and will likely push Matt Shoemaker to the bullpen.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.