Weaver OK, Bell recalled, Angels set rotation
Jered Weaver, a leading American League Cy Young Award candidate entering August, has given up six earned runs or more in three of his last five starts, including Saturday night's shaky five-inning, six-run, eight-hit effort in a 10-6 win over the Twins.
But the Angels right-hander has assured Manager Mike Scioscia he is physically OK -- he did land awkwardly on his left ankle on a first-inning pitch Saturday -- and is not suffering from fatigue.
"In talking with him, his arm feels good," Scioscia said Sunday. "Sometimes you're going to be out of sorts, and there's no doubt he was Saturday night."
Weaver, who made his previous start on three days' rest and Saturday night's start on five days' rest, will get an extra day again before his next start Friday night against the Yankees.
Scioscia confirmed that Dan Haren and Ervin Santana will remain on regular rest to start Monday and Tuesday night against Seattle. Jerome Williams will start Wednesday night against the Mariners, and Weaver, Haren and Santana will pitch against the Yankees next weekend.
Trevor Bell was recalled from triple-A Salt Lake Sunday and will be in the bullpen for Sunday's series finale against the Twins.
The Angels lineup: SS Erick Aybar, 2B Howie Kendrick, DH Bobby Abreu, RF Torii Hunter, 1B Mark Trumbo, LF Vernon Wells, 3B Alberto Callaspo, CF Mike Trout, C Hank Conger, P Joel Pineiro.
The Twins lineup: CF Ben Revere, 2B Trevor Plouffe, DH Joe Mauer, RF Michael Cuddyer, LF Jason Kubel, 3B Danny Valencia, 1B Luke Hughes, SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka, C Drew Butera, P Kevin Slowey.
Photo: Angels ace Jered Weaver unleashes a pitch against the Texas Rangers last month. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times