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Tyler Chatwood to start for Angels against Twins on Friday

September 2, 2011 |  5:27 pm

Tyler-chatwood_275Rookie right-hander Tyler Chatwood was recalled from triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of Jered Weaver against the Minnesota Twins in Angel Stadium on Friday night. Weaver attended the funeral of his grandfather in Oregon on Friday, and his start has been pushed back to Saturday night.

Weaver, the Angels' ace, was in line to make six more starts this season, all with at least the regular four days rest, but if he stays on regular schedule, he would either miss the season-ending series against the Texas Rangers or be forced to start the season finale on Sept. 28 on three days' rest.

Weaver did not fare well in his first big league start on short rest, allowing seven runs and eight hits in six innings of a 9-5 loss to the Rangers in Texas on Sunday.

Chatwood, 21, is 6-9 with a 4.35 earned-run average in 23 starts with the Angels this season, and while he was brilliant in several starts, he has struggled with command, walking 60 and striking out 66 in 124 2/3 innings. He has been demoted to Salt Lake twice this season, the last time in mid-August.

"When he went down, he had issues commanding counts and putting hitters away," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's refined some pitches to make them more usable in certain counts. We'll see how that plays in the big leagues."

The Angels lineup:

SS Erick Aybar

2B Howie Kendrick

DH Bobby Abreu

RF Torii Hunter

1B Mark Trumbo

3B Alberto Callaspo

LF Vernon Wells

CF Peter Bourjos

C Hank Conger

P Tyler Chatwood

 

The Twins lineup:

CF Ben Revere

2B Trevor Plouffe

1B Joe Mauer

RF Michael Cuddyer

DH Jason Kubel

3B Danny Valencia

LF Rene Tosoni

SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka

C Drew Butera

P Carl Pavano

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-- Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: Tyler Chatwood. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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