"There will be factors we consider as we get through the break," Manager
Scioscia called the decision to bump one of six qualified pitchers to the bullpen or triple A "a nice problem to have," but that depends on your perspective.
It will be nice for the Angels, whose lack of pitching depth in the wake of injuries to Garrett Richards and
So who stays and who goes? It's far too early to tell.
Weaver was 4-8 with a 4.75 ERA when he went on the disabled list June 21, but he has been the team's ace for six years and was 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five starts in May before the inflammation in his hip worsened.
Richards (9-5, 3.35 ERA) has the best pure stuff on the staff and is not going anywhere, and
Hector Santiago has extensive relief experience, but he's 5-4 with a 2.40 ERA, fourth-best in the
Shoemaker finished second in AL rookie-of-the-year voting last season, but the right-hander's 4-7 record, 4.91 ERA and 16 home runs given up before Wednesday night's start in Coors Field could make him vulnerable.
"We're not going to make a decision today," Scioscia said.
The Angels could also send Heaney back to triple A, even if the 24-year-old who was acquired from the Miami via the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick in December shines in Sunday's start in Seattle.
When Weaver was a rookie in 2006, he was 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts in place of the injured
Three weeks later, Weaver was recalled and his older brother, Jeff, was designated for assignment to clear a rotation spot that Jered has held ever since.
Regardless of Heaney's short-term fate, his long-term future looks good. He has given up four earned runs and 14 hits in 20 1/3 innings, striking out 17 batters and walking three, in three starts, including Tuesday night's victory over the Rockies.
"I'd like to think I've given myself an opportunity, but there are five other pitchers that made the team for a reason, and there's a reason I didn't," Heaney said. "I'm just going out there and pitching to the best of my ability."
That helped Heaney improve his fastball command to both sides of the plate, and it seemed to add a little bite to his slider.