Right-hander Jered Weaver will be out for at least a month after the Los Angeles Angels ace broke a bone in his left elbow.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Right-hander Jered Weaver will be out for at least a month after the Los Angeles Angels ace broke a bone in his left elbow, casting a pall over the team’s home opener Tuesday before it even began.
The Angels put Weaver on the 15-day disabled list, and the durable 20-game winner’s non-throwing arm was in a blue sling while teammates took batting practice before their Angel Stadium opener against Oakland.
“This is all new to me,” Weaver said. “I’ve never broken anything before.”
Weaver left Sunday night’s loss to the Texas Rangers early after jamming his non-throwing arm while dodging a line drive.
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The Angels initially thought Weaver had only strained his elbow, but Weaver felt abnormal pain after the game. An MRI exam revealed a fracture, and it’s expected to sideline him four to six weeks.
Weaver had his first 20-win season with a 2.81 earned-run average last year, throwing a no-hitter against Minnesota along the way. He was 67-33 the past four seasons.
Hard-throwing right-hander Garrett Richards was promoted from the bullpen to the rotation.
• Cardinals closer Jason Motte, who had 42 saves last year, faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition does not improve soon. St. Louis already has lost RHP Chris Carpenter and SS Rafael Furcal for the season.
• Rays RHP Jeff Niemann will have season-ending shoulder surgery.
• Rangers LHP Matt Harrison has a sore back and might not start the series opener against the Mariners at Safeco Field on Thursday, the team said.
• Former Mariner Matt Tuiasosopo of Woodinville had a pinch-hit RBI double in the Tigers’ win over Toronto. He’s 3 for 5 in three appearances this season.