Los Angeles Angels star pitcher Jered Weaver will miss four to six weeks with a fractured left elbow, ESPN is reporting.
Weaver, a three-time All-Star who averaged nearly 17 wins and 215 innings over the last four seasons, suffered the injury against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, while attempting to dodge a line drive off the bat of Mitch Moreland.
While diving out of the way on the play, Weaver landed awkwardly on his arm and came up grabbing his elbow in pain. He was immediately taken out of the game after the incident.
“Pretty painful. It feels a little swollen in there,” Weaver, 30, said after Sunday’s game. “I can’t move it around too good right now. It’s strange. Kind of like jamming your thumb.”
Though initial X-rays of Weaver’s elbow came back negative, further testing showed more significant damage to his non-throwing arm.
The Angels confirmed the injury Tuesday, calling it a left non-displaced radial fracture. They subsequently placed the hard-throwing right hander on the 15-day disabled list on and replaced him on the roster with righty Dane De La Rosa, who was acquired by the Angels in March.
De La Rosa, a native of Torrance, has a 10.95 ERA in 12 big-league games, allowing 15 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings while pitching for the Tampa Rays.
Here is a video of the play in which Weaver was injured on.
In 2012, Weaver was 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA for the Angels. In that same year, he also became the first pitcher since the Hall of Fame Sandy Koufax in 1963 and ’64 to win at least 10 games with an ERA below 2.00 in back-to-back seasons.
More on Jared Weaver’s injury and the expected impact it will have on the Angels in the video below: