When does four weeks feel like four years? When Jered Weaver is missing four weeks, at least, of action for the Angels. Sure, the Halo ace may not have been on top of his game in his first two starts of the 2013 season, but losing him to a broken left elbow for over a month is a big blow to the Angels' chances of getting out of the gates quickly for the first time in a long time. Now the Angels have to try and find a way to get by without the best pitcher in their already suspect group of starters for as many as seven turns through the rotation. While daunting, that is not an insurmountable task, a lot will depend on how the Angels try to handle this setback.
As Mike Scioscia announced yesterday, Plan A is to see if Garrett Richards can finally have the kind of success in the rotation that they've been waiting for him to have for what feels like forever. In reality, he has only really had two real shots at it. I guess pitching time works differently than real time.
Letting Richards fill in is definitely the easiest and most logical solution to this problem. He's been looked fantastic in spring training and, with the exception of one hung slider, has been a revelation in the bullpen. If anyone has earned this opportunity, it is Garrett Richards. That doesn't necessarily mean it is the right decision though.no comments