Jered Weaver could rejoin the Angels' starting rotation next week, Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.
Weaver is set to pitch in an extended spring training game Wednesday in Arizona, the same day Joe Blanton is scheduled to start for the Angels. It is possible Weaver could replace Blanton when that turn comes up again Monday, against the Dodgers.
Weaver, the Angels' ace, has not pitched since April 7 because of a fractured left elbow. Blanton is 0-7 with a 6.62 earned-run average, the highest of any starter in the American League. Blanton also has given up the most hits of any pitcher in the major leagues.
Blanton is in the first year of a two-year, $15-million contract. With Jerome Williams now in the rotation, the Angels could use Blanton as a long reliever.