Jered Weaver To Rejoin Angels Rotation Next Week

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Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Jered Weaver (elbow) will likely rejoin the Angels rotation next week. Weaver is scheduled to throw off the mound this weekend and if everything goes according to plan, fantasy owners should insert Weaver into their weekly lineups for next week. Weaver didn't make any rehab starts, but he has been in extended spring training throwing. On Wednesday, Weaver threw struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. It appears that he will start on Monday or Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Joe Blanton was highly efficient Thursday night in Kansas City as he earned his first victory of the year with the Angels. Blanton struck out one and walked none in an 87-pitch outing. Blanton was 0-7 with a 6.62 earned-run average, third-worst in baseball, in his first nine starts, but he was able to give the Angels a much needed quality start. It was assumed that Blanton would be the odd one out of the Angels rotation with the return of Jered Weaver next week. However, it appears that Tommy Hanson could be weeks away from returning. Hanson has been away from the team since early May due to the death of his step-brother, and he's now in extended spring training trying to regain his stamina. Angels fans will have to continue to deal with Blanton.
  • Miguel Cabrera continued to destroy major league pitching Thursday night as he went 2-for-3 with another homer in a win against the Twins. Cabrera has now homered in four consecutive games and is 9-for-15 (.600) with six homers and13 RBI and nine runs in those four games.
  • Kevin Gausman made his major league debut on Thursday night. He gave up four runs in five innings  in a loss to the Blue Jays. At times, Gausman showed the flashes of brilliance during his first three shutout innings, but the Blue Jays got to him in the fourth inning. Gausman hit 99 mph on the radar gun at times and he has a nasty changeup. He is worth considering picking up for his next start against a Nationals.
  • Albert Pujols belted a solo home run in Thursday's 5-4 win at Kansas City. That was his third long ball with 9 RBI in the last ten games.
  • Chase Utley (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, with a right oblique strain. Freddy Galvis will get his opportunity to play everyday.
  • J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in a Blue Jays win over the Orioles. Arencibia has 11 home runs to go along with 24 RBI this year.
  • Austin Jackson (hamstring) is unlikely be activated from the disabled list when he's eligible Monday. Jackson was placed on the disabled list earlier this month and news about his recovery from this injury has been minimal.
  • Zack Wheeler is expected make 2-3 more starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before joining the Mets. Wheeler's major league debut would in early June, which would leave the Mets safe from any concerns about Super Two status.
  • Jason Grilli earned his MLB-leading 19th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning against the Cubs on Thursday. Some performances just can't explain and this is one of those for me.
  • Robert Coello got the final out of Thursday’s game at Kansas City to notch the first save of his career. Coello had to come in and relieve Ernesto Frieri, who was really laboring in the 9th inning and unable to finish off the Royals.