UPDATE: The team has clarified the situation… Richards has joined the clubhouse but has not been activated and there is the hope that Weaver may not be put on the disabled list. With an off day on Thursday, no decision is needed until before Monday night’s game at home against the Mariners , barring other injuries or bullpen overuse. Prior story in its unedited entirety… Angels Ace Jered Weaver has been placed on the 15 day disabled list and pitching prospect Garrett Richards has taken his place on the active roster. Weaver left Monday’s start in the first inning after only twelve pitches. He had an MRI today. He said he had never had any trouble nor a hint of this happening warming up or throwing in the game up to the point he felt it all. Considering that people were throwing out terms like “herniated disc” and worse, a strain and spasms is about as good as a gambling fan could hope for, although missing two or three Weaver starts is far from a best case scenario for the Angels. It should awesomely be pointed out that the pitch to Yankees batter Robinson Cano on which he felt the spasm was a called strike. Richards is the team’s top pitching prospect headed into the season but has had a lousy 2012 AAA campaign. While some of it can be chalked up to the offense-prone high altitude parks of the Pacific League, Richards could help his own numbers by simply finding the strike zone on occasion.
Jered Weaver Injury "Only" Back Strain and Spasms