TEMPE, Ariz.—Jered Weaver’s right arm is alive and well. Cuffed around by the Oakland Athletics in his last exhibition start, when he went through a spring-training “dead-arm” phase, the Angels ace threw 89 pitches in 6 1/3 innings of an intrasquad game Thursday and was pleased with the results.
“I’m back on track,” said Weaver, who was rocked for eight runs and three homers in two innings against the A’s on Saturday. “The first two innings felt like the same thing, but the last four innings I threw I was where I needed to be as far as mechanics and timing. I knew where the pitches were going and had a feel for off-speed stuff.”
Weaver, who is scheduled to start the April 1 season opener at Cincinnati, allowed two earned runs and nine hits, struck out five and walked none. Of his 89 pitches, 58 were strikes. In preparation for interleague play in a National League park, he also got two sacrifice bunts down.
“He started off just trying to find his rhythm, but the last three or four innings, you saw it coming,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “His last 20 pitches were terrific. He’s happy. He’s definitely back on track.”