What could possibly stop the meteoric rise of the Anaheim Angels, runaway leaders of the AL West and arguably baseball’s best club? Staples, writes the LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna.
Jered Weaver sustained cuts on the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his pitching hand while pushing himself up off the Comerica Park dugout bench during Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers. The cuts were not deep enough to require stitches.
But the injury did force Angels Manager Mike Scioscia to push back Weaver’s next start, from Friday night at Chicago to Monday night at home against the Yankees.
Dustin Moseley, recalled from triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, will start against the White Sox on Friday.
“I went to push to get up and gripped where the staples in the upholstery come together, and it just got me,” Weaver said. “It sliced me pretty good. It felt like a paper cut, but a lot deeper.”
DiGiovanna’s collegue, Dodgers beat reporter Dylan Hernandez quotes the injured Andruw Jones as saying “this year is basically over”.
“If the team needed me and I was the only one who could be out there, I would wrap it up and play,” said Jones, who cut short the first of his two rehab assignments to step in for an injured Juan Pierre in early July. “In this situation, we have other guys who have been getting the job done. I’ll try not to be in their way.”
As Hernandez cites, Jones is hitting .161, having struck out 74 times in 205 at bats. Something tells me there wasn’t huge concern on the part of Manny Ramirez or Matt Kemp that Jones would eating into their playing time.