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Setback fails to faze Weaver

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Jered Weaver downplayed any serious problems Friday, but the facts look alarming. Not only did Weaver say he will not throw from a mound for another two weeks, he also admitted to having an MRI in the days before spring training. “The way I throw, it’s obviously going to be issues,” Weaver said. “I’ve had issues with it ever since high school, ever since I was little. It’s just something that I’ve got to deal with and work it out. The MRI came back negative, so it’s just a matter of working it out.” Manager Mike Scioscia was not ready to commit to Weaver’s two-week timetable. “I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to be extended to where he’s going to miss any appreciable time of the season,” Scioscia said. “I think we’re going to see where it is when he gets on the mound, and it should happen shortly. If it takes two weeks, it takes two weeks, but I don’t think it’s going to be that long yet.” Kelvim Escobar also is dealing with lingering pain from last season. He was held out of pitchers’ fielding practice because of patella tendinitis in his left knee. “I’m going to stay away from the drills and do cardio and exercises and treatments until it gets better,” said Escobar, who will be examined by team doctor Lewis Yocum in the next few days. “I don’t want to deal with this all year again. It’s a pain. I dealt with it all last year.” Escobar said he doesn’t feel pain when he pitches, only during fitness running. Even though he looks like the Angels’ obvious opening-day starter, Scioscia refused to grant John Lackey that honor after just two days of workouts. “John certainly has made strides in the last three or four years of being a lead-dog guy in a rotation,” Scioscia said. “You’re excited about all five, but to start to label guys one, two, three doesn’t do anything for what we’re looking for. “You need five good guys, and if one guy is going to take the lead and be the guy that has the consistency and goes out there and stops losing streaks or carries winning streaks forward, that’s beautiful. John has that in him and he’s done it at times.” Along with being the staff ace, Lackey figures to find himself in a leadership role. “We lost some definite leaders in the clubhouse this off-season,” said Lackey, who has some experience in the role as his high school’s quarterback and football captain. “Guys will definitely have to step up, and it might be my turn to be one of those guys.” Francisco Rodriguez still is not ready to pitch from a mound because of a sore hamstring and was held out of pitchers’ fielding practice drills. … Bartolo Colon’s long-toss sessions have been extended to 90 feet, but he will need to get to about 160-180 feet to begin throwing from a mound. … Chone Figgins made his first appearance of the spring, doing some light throwing in the outfield. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The MRI on his right biceps came back negative for any serious problems. Weaver also said the biceps tendinitis that affected him last season is something he likely will deal with the rest of his career. center_img Despite it all, Weaver tried to be reassuring. “No, it’s not as huge as you guys think,” he said. Weaver’s pitching mechanics are blamed for the tendinitis, but those mechanics are also what has led to the 24-year-old’s success throughout his pitching career. “(They are) a little different mechanics – long,” said Weaver, who played long toss from 120 feet Friday. “And it’s a little different arm slot than everybody else. I kind of fly open, and it’s a little bit more stress on my shoulder. It just comes along with the mechanics and the deception, I guess.” When the tendinitis bothers him, Weaver said he feels soreness in the front of his right arm along the muscle where it attaches to the shoulder. last_img read more