He can’t shake his hip is­sue

Strug­gling Weaver, 4- 8 this sea­son and 0- 4 in last four starts, lands on An­gels’ DL.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Mike DiGiovanna

OAK­LAND — The An­gels hit the pause but­ton on Jered Weaver’s dis­ap­point­ing sea­son, plac­ing the vet­eran right- han­der on the 15day dis­abled list be­cause of left- hip inf lam­ma­tion be­fore Sun­day’s 3- 2 loss to the Oak­land Ath­let­ics.

Weaver will un­dergo med­i­cal tests Mon­day to de­ter­mine the sever­ity of the in­jury. How much it has con­trib­uted to Weaver’s 4- 8 record, 4.75 earned- run av­er­age and Amer­i­can League­high 16 home runs al­lowed is un­clear.

“There is more to it than just the hip stuff,” Weaver, 32, said. “Ob­vi­ously, the ve­loc­ity is down. The stuff isn’t as crisp. There are some things I have to get f ig­ured out. Hope­fully this is a good time to do it.”

Man­ager Mike Scios­cia said Weaver has pitched with the con­di­tion “for the last cou­ple of starts,” which might ex­plain why he is 0- 4 with a 6.58 ERA in his last four games.

Weaver opened 2015 with an 0- 4 record and 6.29 ERA. He was su­perb in his next f ive games, go­ing 4- 0 with a 1.98 ERA, be­fore his re­cent down­turn.

“I think it got to a point in his last cou­ple of starts where you could see me­chan­i­cally he’s not where he wants to be,” Scios­cia said. “He’s not lever­ag­ing the ball like he can, and I’m sure this would have to inf lu­ence that.

“His stuff had picked up and you could see progress. His last cou­ple of starts, it’s been a lit­tle more of a la­bor for him. . . . His shoul­der, his arm, feels great, but we have to find out ex­actly what’s go­ing on.”

The 6- foot- 7 Weaver throws with an across- the­body mo­tion that scouts feel leaves him vul­ner­a­ble to arm in­juries, and Weaver, who is mak­ing the fourth trip to the DL in his ca­reer, has been slowed by bi­ceps ten­dini­tis through­out his ca­reer. He’s had inf lam­ma­tion in his hip be­fore but never se­vere enough to go on the DL.

“There’s al­ways stuff lin­ger­ing — some­times it’s good, some­times it’s bad,” Weaver said. “Most of the time I can kind of get it to where it needs to be in be­tween starts, but I just de­cided to [ ad­dress it] in­stead of bat­tling it all the time.”

The fear with this type of in­jury is that there is a tear re­quir­ing surgery. For­mer An­gels cen­ter f ielder Peter Bour­jos played sev­eral sea­sons with hip inf lam­ma­tion be­fore un­der­go­ing surgery af­ter the 2014 sea­son.

“Nat­u­rally, you’re al­ways con­cerned, but we’ll wait and see what the tests say,” Scios­cia said. “Jered will grind it out and f ind a way. Hope­fully we’ll calm this down, and that’s all it takes.”

For all that has gone wrong for the An­gels this sea­son, they haven’t had any in­juries in a ro­ta­tion that

has ac­cu­mu­lated 41 qual­ity starts, sec­ond- most in the AL, and a 3.98 ERA, six­thbest in the league.

Out­fielder Al­fredo Marte was re­called from triple- A Salt Lake to re­place Weaver be­cause with an off day Thurs­day, the An­gels won’t need a f ifth starter un­til June 30. Off days on July 2 and July 6 also could mit­i­gate the need for a fifth starter.

If Weaver is down for an ex­tended pe­riod, it would test the or­ga­ni­za­tional pitch­ing depth that Gen­eral Man­ager Jerry Dipoto worked to im­prove last win­ter.

The cen­ter­piece of that ef­fort, left- han­der An­drew Heaney — ac­quired from the Dodgers for sec­ond base­man Howie Ken­drick — is 6- 2 with a 4.71 ERA at Salt Lake but has a 7.81 ERA over his last five starts.

Triple- A right- han­der Nick Tro­peano, ac­quired from Hous­ton for Hank Con­ger, is sched­uled to re­turn this week from a shoul­der in­jury. Among the other f ill- in can­di­dates are long re­liever Jose Alvarez and triple- A right- han­der Drew Rucin­ski.

Weaver hopes a few weeks off will ben­e­fit him — and the An­gels.

“I’m just try­ing to get some things ironed out and come back and help the team win again,” he said. “I’m not do­ing a very good job of that right now. Hope­fully this lit­tle down time will help me get back to where I need to be.”

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