Weaver 'back to normal'
Young righty says he'll be ready for beginning of season
PHOENIX -- Angels starter Jered Weaver has progressed enough this spring from the tightness in his right forearm that he made this bold prediction on Thursday:"I'm looking to make my start on April 6," Weaver said, before going out for a bullpen session at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Manager Mike Scioscia isn't so sure. Bartolo Colon, the former American League Cy Young Award winner who's recovering from a sore right shoulder, also tossed a bullpen session on Thursday, although he's not ticketed to return until late April or early May. But right now, Scioscia said he's willing to give Weaver the benefit of the doubt. "There's an outside chance Jered will be ready for his first start," Scioscia said before the Angels played the Brewers at the Maryvale Ball Park. "But there's a probability he might be pushed back a start." Not if Weaver has anything to do with it. Weaver threw 123 innings and was 11-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 14 starts last season after he replaced his brother, Jeff, on the Angels' 25-man roster. With the pain in his biceps having dissipated about a week ago, the younger of the Weaver brothers wants to prove that his 2006 rookie season wasn't a fluke. "I'm not a good pitcher [yet]," Weaver said. "I had one good half year." The downside of all that work for the first time in his career was some fatigue in his throwing arm. "I've experienced this before in college, but not to this extent," Weaver said. "I never threw that many innings before -- definitely not. Last year was a whole new experience. Everybody has to adjust their program accordingly. It's the first time I've ever been through this. It'll probably be different the next four offseasons. Obviously, this happened after my first year, so you're going to feel something." One thing Weaver now knows: He has to build up arm strength. This spring, Weaver came back from the nagging injury by repeating arm exercises with eight-to-10 pound weights. He did six different exercises three times each day, and he expects to incorporate those exercises into his daily routine.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.