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Angels' Jered Weaver expected to draw six-game suspension

Angels ace was ejected Sunday after throwing a pitch near the head of Detroit's Alex Avila. If the suspension, to be announced Tuesday, is as long as anticipated, he would miss one start.

August 01, 2011|By Kevin Baxter
  • Angels ace Jered Weaver is held back by Manager Mike Scioscia and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher after being ejected from Sunday's game against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Angels ace Jered Weaver is held back by Manager Mike Scioscia and hitting… (Jeff Kowalsky / EPA )

Reporting from Detroit — The Angels will learn Tuesday how long they'll be without ace right-hander Jered Weaver, who will be suspended for throwing at Detroit catcher Alex Avila on Sunday.

Weaver is expected to get a six-day sentence — essentially one start — and a heavy fine, the same punishment meted out Monday to Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who threw near the head of Kansas City's Billy Butler on Friday.

In the Angels' 3-2 loss in Detroit, Weaver took exception to the actions of Tigers sluggers Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, who both lingered in the batter's box, then took their time rounding the bases after hitting home runs. Plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt tried to calm Weaver, then warned both benches not to escalate matters further — a warning Weaver ignored when he threw a fastball near the head of the next hitter, earning an ejection for himself and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia.

The Motown meltdown may wind up costing Weaver some respect as well as his next start. Although he's third in the majors with 14 wins, second with a 1.88 earned-run average and hadn't lost in more than two months before Sunday, he wasn't getting much support in the Angels clubhouse following his tirade.

"You have to keep perspective," Scioscia said. "Obviously, you don't want a pitcher thrown out of a ballgame. You don't want to lose him at any point of the season.

"We'll deal with the aftermath."

Torii Hunter, speaking both of Weaver and the Tigers, called the whole affair "stupid" and "unprofessional."

Some players suggested privately that Weaver, caught up in the emotion of his much-hyped duel with Detroit's Justin Verlander, overreacted to the actions of Ordonez. The Tigers hitter lingered at the plate not in an effort to show up the pitcher, they said, but because he thought his line drive down the left-field line would hook foul.

Weaver responded by screaming obscenities at Ordonez as he ran out the home run. And that, in turn, set off Guillen.

"The way he reacted to Magglio, he's my teammate," said Guillen, who stood at the plate staring at Weaver for several seconds after his homer.

"A line needs to be drawn somewhere," Weaver said.

As for a fine or suspension, "It would be my first one ever," he said. "So what are you going to do?"

Trout sent back to minors

Concerned that top prospect Mike Trout was not getting enough playing time at the big league level, the Angels on Monday optioned the 19-year-old outfielder back to double-A Arkansas.

Trout appeared in 14 games since his call-up July 8, batting .163 and striking out 10 times in 43 at-bats.

"There's a learning curve with young guys. That's a lot to put on Mike right now," Scioscia said. "He's got some edges he has to work through. No doubt he's going to be a great major leaguer."

Santana named AL player of week

Ervin Santana's no-hitter Wednesday in Cleveland earned him a share of the American League player-of-the-week award. Santana will share the award, his first such honor, with Kansas City's Butler, who hit .406 with two doubles, five home runs and 12 runs batted in in seven games.

kevin.baxter@latimes.com

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