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Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension; Scioscia out for 1 game

August 2, 2011 |  1:58 pm

Fabforum Jered Weaver, as expected, received a six-game suspension and a fine for throwing at Detroit catcher Alex Avila on Sunday, a punishment the Angels ace has decided to appeal.

Manager Mike Scioscia also received a one-game suspension for the intentional actions of Weaver after a warning had been issued to both clubs by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

But Scioscia opted to serve his suspension Tuesday night and will miss the game against the Minnesota Twins in Angel Stadium. Bench coach Rob Picciolo is expected to run the team in Scioscia’s absence.

Had Weaver begun his suspension Tuesday, he would have missed his scheduled start against Seattle Saturday night. His suspension will be held in abeyance until the appeal process, which normally takes several days, is complete.

The right-hander hopes to get his suspension reduced or delayed until next week, when the Angels could use Monday’s off day to skip him in the rotation.

If the suspension is upheld, the Angels could either go with a spot starter such as Hisanori Takahashi or call up a starter from triple-A Salt Lake to pitch Saturday.

Trevor Bell, the leading minor league candidate to replace Weaver on Saturday, is scheduled to start for Salt Lake on Tuesday night, but the Angels could limit the right-hander’s pitch count and bring him back against the Mariners on short rest.

In the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Sunday, Weaver took exception to the actions of Tigers sluggers Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, who both lingered in the batter’s box, then took their time rounding the bases after hitting home runs.

Wendelstedt tried to calm Weaver, then warned both benches not to escalate matters further, a warning Weaver ignored when he threw a fastball near the head of the next hitter, earning an ejection for himself and Scioscia.

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-- Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: Jered Weaver. Credit: Leon Halip / Getty Images.

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