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Jered Weaver leaves Angels game with back injury after 12 pitches

He leaps off the mound in pain after delivering a strike to Yankees cleanup hitter Robinson Cano.

May 28, 2012|By Kevin Baxter
  • Angels starter Jered Weaver is examined after injuring his back while throwing a pitch in the first inning Monday night against the Yankees.
Angels starter Jered Weaver is examined after injuring his back while throwing… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

Angel ace Jered Weaver came out of Monday's game after 12 pitches, injuring his lower back while throwing a first-inning strike to New York Yankees cleanup hitter Robinson Cano.

After delivering a 1-0 pitch, Weaver leaped off the mound in pain. Manager Mike Scioscia and a trainer ran out to Weaver, who tried to talk them into leaving him in the game.

But after tossing a warmup pitch to catcher Bobby Wilson, it was obvious Weaver was in too much pain to continue. Frustrated, he walked off the mound and into the clubhouse.

Right-hander Bobby Cassevah came in to take his place.

Weaver (6-1), who pitched a no-hitter earlier this season, began the game tied for second in the American League in wins while owning a 2.61 earned-run average. Opponents are hitting just .190 against him.

Weaver was already behind, 1-0, when he left. Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson opened the game with singles, then Angels shortstop Erick Aybar booted Alex Rodriguez's sharp grounder into shallow center, allowing Jeter to score.

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