Jered Weaver suffers back injury after 12 pitches

Jered Weaver suffers back injury after 12 pitches

Hallandale : FL : USA | May 29, 2012 at 4:59 AM PDT
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Angels Pre-Game with Mike Scioscia

The Angels unfortunately lost their ace, Jered Weaver, in the match against Yankees after only three batters due to a strong lower back injury on Monday night. However, the Angels’ offense and Mark Trumbo helped recover their loss and managed to win over the Yankees 9-8 in a three-game series at home.

Weaver had only thrown his 12th pitch of the game, a strike to Yankees Robinson Cano, and limped awkwardly a little after landing on the mound in what appeared to be quite a regular pitching motion. Weaver tried to stretch for a while and see if there was any improvement, but he was unable to resist the pain.

After getting checked out by the team trainers, who arrived immediately on the field, Weaver threw one warm-up pitch to Bobby Wilson but grimaced as he delivered the ball and was promptly removed from the game. After Weaver was removed from the field, Bobby Cassevah came to pitch.

Doctors have advised an MRI scan on Tuesday for Jered Weaver to find the cause of the pain. According to Weaver, the pain was too strong to continue the game but he was happy that his team won their match. "It felt like somebody stabbed me in the back," said Weaver, according to a report by ABC News. "I've never felt anything like that before. It's disappointing. You get up for games like this."

Although the team managed to win in the absence of Jered Weaver, a long-time absence may hamper the planning and management of the team in future matches. The swift recovery of Weaver will help in bringing back the status quo into the game.

Even after getting four hours of rest and several pain killers, Weaver was still seen standing awkwardly near his locker. Manager Mike Scioscia isn't sure about placing the two-time All-Star on the disabled list.

"We're going to look at a couple of things and see what we need to do," said Scioscia, who exhausted most of his bullpen to hang on against the Yankees. "He's stiff now, but we'll have the exams tomorrow and make a decision." Experts believe Scioscia is still optimistic about the early return of Jered Weaver into the team. His immediate come back will relieve the pressure off the shoulders of Scioscia as well as the rest of the team. Now every decision rests upon the results of MRI reports.

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver waits on the mound as  manager Mike Scioscia makes his way to the mound to pull him in Arlington, Texas
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver waits on the mound as manager Mike Scioscia makes his way to the mound to pull him in Arlington, Texas
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