Lackey was on the short list of friends and family who received the text from Weaver on Friday that his wife, Kristin, had just delivered a baby, Aden David Weaver, 8 pounds, 21 inches long.
"Just got him from the delivery room," Lackey said. "It's awesome."
The 34-year-old right-hander who won nine games during the Angels' 2002 World Series season and was 19-9 with a 3.01 earned-run average in 2007 has recovered this year from two subpar seasons at
Lackey is 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA marked by improved command, such as his 18 walks given up in 86-plus innings.
The Texan was there when Weaver debuted in the majors in 2006, and they hit it off.
"The time that Jered came here, John was established as one of the top right-handers in the game," Angels Manager
Weaver started 9-0 during his 11-2 rookie campaign and was 16-8 in 2009, before Lackey left via free agency and Weaver took over his locker — the one belonging to the staff's most distinguished starter.
"One of the things we first talked about was stuff he needed to do in between starts … workouts, things to keep healthy, to maintain your body and stuff for 162 games," Lackey said. "Pitching every five days is a lot different than pitching once a week in college."
Lackey said he maintains communication with Weaver, 30, keeps an eye on his outings and says "it's been fun to watch" how "great he's done in the league."
They met socially last month when the Angels visited Boston.
The relationship is partially brotherly and mostly just being "good buddies," Lackey said.
Just after 5 p.m. Sunday on
"The mentor stuff is out the window now," Lackey said. "It's just peers now. He's done very good for himself."
Williams back in
Jerome Williams will return to the Angels' starting rotation Saturday night after getting blasted for seven earned runs in just 12/3 innings Wednesday, Scioscia announced.
As the Angels deal with starters
"Williams only threw like 50 pitches a couple days ago; that's like a power bullpen," Scioscia said. "He feels good and has bounced back whatever we've asked him to do."
Scioscia said it's possible Weaver will start Friday in Seattle, with Williams going Saturday.
Hanson threw a second bullpen session Friday. … Scioscia said the tying home run by