Angels pitcher Jered Weaver will not make his scheduled start Friday against… (Tim Sharp / Reuters )
Reporting from Seattle — Angels ace Jered Weaver has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday in Anaheim to attend his grandfather's funeral in Oregon.
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia declined to name a replacement, but right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who started 23 games for the Angels earlier this year, did not take his expected turn at triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday and has left the club, according to a team source.
"We'll have an announcement [Friday]," said Scioscia, who has few other options other than Chatwood since Joel Pineiro pitched three days ago and right-hander Trevor Bell, another possible fill-in, pitched 5 1/3 innings at Salt Lake on Thursday.
Weaver, 15-7 with an American League-leading 2.28 earned-run average, is expected to rejoin the team Friday night and will start Saturday, Scioscia said.
Chatwood was 6-9 with the Angels before being sent down to the minors two weeks ago to work out some control issues.
Longshot pays off for Angels
Efren Navarro was the longest of longshots.
He was a 50th-round pick in a 2007 draft just 50 rounds long. Only three players were drafted after him.
Suffice it to say the Angels didn't invest much in signing him — all of which motivated Navarro far more than money could have.
"I took it as more like a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to prove myself," he says now. "And I improved. I took it as a challenge."
It's a challenge he met because Navarro on Thursday was called up to the major leagues for the first time.
"I'm hungry to be here. I want to stay hungry," says Navarro, a 25-year-old first baseman from Lynwood. "You never know when it's your last day. I'm happy to be here. It's a blessing."
Navarro was among four players summoned from triple-A Salt Lake, joining left-hander Horacio Ramirez, infielder Andrew Romine and outfielder Jeremy Moore. More reinforcements are expected to follow once the minor league season ends Monday.
"There's going to be roles for everybody that comes up," Scioscia said. "They all are going to have opportunities to hopefully make our team deeper moving forward."
Navarro, an exceptional defender and a line-drive hitter from the left side, batted .317 with 12 home runs and 73 runs batted in at Salt Lake. Moore, also in the big leagues for the first time, batted .298 with 18 triples, 15 homers and 21 stolen bases.
Romine who, like Ramirez, spent time with the Angels earlier this season, entered Thursday's game in the third inning after starting shortstop Maicer Izturis left with a right thigh contusion after being hit by a pitch. He batted .111 in five games in his first stint with the Angels while Ramirez pitched five innings in seven appearances.
Ramirez, who pitched on three teams in Atlanta and one with the Chicago White Sox that reached the playoffs, is expected to provide both experience and depth in the Angels' bullpen.
"I go in when they tell me to come in," he said. "Whether we're up by one or down by one, I try to take the same approach.
"I have been in a couple of pennant races over in Atlanta. And it's fun. It's the best time of the year."