The Angels say they're not sure what, if anything, is wrong with right-hander Jered Weaver, who has lost his last three starts to fall to 1-4. But pitching coach Mike Butcher says Weaver's role as the staff ace remains unchanged -- and with that comes added responsibilities.
"Jered is an elite pitcher and the expectations are what not only does he put on himself but we expect a lot out of him as well," Butcher said of Weaver, who is scheduled to start Thursday against the Tigers in Detroit. "When you’re the leader of the staff there’s a lot of things that kind of come with it. The work ethic in between starts, what you do on your game day and all the other things."
Weaver, a 20-game winner last year, missed 45 games this spring after fracturing his left elbow in his second start. Since returning, he's gone 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA in five games. He hasn't made it to the seventh inning in eight consecutive starts, a career-long streak dating to last season. And he's given up at least four earned runs in three consecutive games for the first time since July 2009.
"There's not one issue that Weav's dealing with. It's a combination … of things," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's a layoff involved. There's trying to work back into your stamina. There's probably a number of things that add up to him being not as crisp as he will be. Or can be."