As a pitcher with a mid-80s fastball Jered Weaver is already waking a very thin line and the Angels right-hander admitted to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that his shoulder was “not comfortable” during Sunday’s abbreviated start against the Mariners.
Weaver allowed just one run in five innings, yet was removed from the game after 71 pitches. It’s the only time this season he’s thrown fewer than 75 pitches in a start, so clearly something was wrong.
Weaver has been a very effective pitcher despite mid-80s velocity for a long time now, but at no point this season has his ERA been below 4.00 and overall he’s got a 4.76 ERA in 25 starts after posting a combined 2.99 ERA from 2010-2014.
He’s scheduled to face the Rangers in Texas for his final start of the regular season and for now Weaver says he plans to take his turn in the rotation, but given the importance of the game for the Angels’ playoff odds they may think twice about relying on him.