The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got a hit to their 2013 campaign on Tuesday, when they placed starting pticher Jered Weaver on the DL with a fractured left elbow suffered on Sunday against the Rangers. Weaver landed awkwardly on his elbow while dodging a line drive off the bat of Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland.
To replace Weaver on the roster, Dane de la Rosa was called up from AAA, and it's expected that Garrett Richards will replace Weaver in Anaheim's rotation. Aaron Harang, acquired by the Rockies on Saturday and then immediately designated for assignment, does not appear to be an option for Angels according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Luckily for the Angels, their schedule isn't a killer over the next four to six weeks. They have two series against the Astros, two against the A's, one against the Twins, and a pair of four game series against the Mariners and Orioles. Now, there is definitely a possibilty for some of those series to go pear-shaped (especially if Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton continue to struggle).
Weaver didn't exactly light the world on fire in his first two starts of the season, throwing 11 innings with a 4.91 ERA, allowing two homers, six walks, and striking out six hitters. But the Angels still need his presence in their rotation, especially with the homer-happy trio of Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas, and Joe Blanton following Weaver and CJ Wilson in the rotation. The Angels can survive a month and a half without Weaver, especially if Richards ia able to shine like many are confident he's able to, but if this injury turns into a several month affair, even more pressure will be placed on the rest of the Angels rotation and their offense.