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Jered Weaver out at least four weeks with broken left elbow

Jered Weaver out at least four weeks with broken left elbow
Jered Weaver grimaces in pain after injuring his elbow against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
(John Rhodes / MCT)

The Angels placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of a non-displaced radial head fracture in his left elbow, an injury that will sideline the right-hander for at least four weeks.

Initial X-rays of the elbow taken Sunday night in Texas were negative, and Weaver, who jammed the elbow as he hit the ground to avoid a vicious Mitch Moreland line drive up the middle, was diagnosed with a strain.

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But further tests in Southern California on Monday revealed a more significant injury, and the Angels will be without their best pitcher, a 20-game winner in 2012, for at least a month and possibly more.

The Angels are expected to replace Weaver in the rotation with right-hander Garrett Richards, a starter-turned-reliever who has allowed one earned run and three hits in 4-1/3 innings of four appearances this season.

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To replace Weaver on the roster, the Angels called up right-hander Dane De La Rosa, a reliever who was acquired from Tampa Bay for pitcher Steven Geltz on March 27. De La Rosa, a native of Torrance, has a 10.95 ERA in 12 big-league games, allowing 15 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings for the Rays.

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