"Uplifting" is probably too strong a word to describe an intrasquad game, especially when you're a Cy Young Award contender who's accustomed to pitching in big settings. But for Angels ace Jered Weaver, Thursday's 6 1/3-inning outing against his organization's Minor Leaguers at Tempe Diablo Stadium seemed a little bigger than the controlled setting. It was his second-to-last start before Opening Day, and it followed up a rough one against the A's last Saturday, when he gave up eight runs, battled a "dead arm" and only got two innings under his belt. "It's great that I was able to go out and get up seven times," said Weaver, who gave up two runs on nine hits and struck out five batters. "I think I threw 89 pitches. It's good, with the arm strength, to know that I can at least get through the seventh and it still felt good. I don't think that start before is going to play a factor into me getting deep in games or not. "It was uplifting, to get out there and feel like I did my first couple starts in spring. That's a good step in the right direction." Weaver, who also put down a couple of bunts at the plate, will take his last spring turn on Tuesday night against the D-backs at Salt River Fields. Then, he'll make his fourth straight Opening Day start under the National League rules in Cincinnati on April 1.
Weaver 'uplifted' after lengthy intrasquad start
MLB.com | Mar 21