Jered Weaver will return to the Angels’ rotation on Sunday

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The Angels will activate Jered Weaver from the 15-day disabled list to start on Sunday against the Orioles, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports. Weaver has been out since his June 20 start against the Athletics due to a left hip injury.

Weaver has had an uncharacteristically poor 2015 campaign, holding a 4.75 ERA with a 49/16 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings. His strikeout rate — 12.2 percent — is by far a career low, nearly eight percent below his career average. His fastball velocity has gone from 86 MPH in the last two seasons to 84 MPH this year.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.