ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—With rookie Jered Weaver rolling along, the Los Angeles Angels could face a tough decision when AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon is ready to return from the disabled list.
Weaver (3-0) remained unbeaten in three major league starts, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-2 Wednesday. The younger brother of Angels starter Jeff Weaver struck out four and walked none.
“It’s a tough spot for some individuals that are vying for spots, but it’s good for us when you have five guys right now in the rotation throwing the ball very well and a sixth guy who’s a Cy Young Award winner coming back,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
“We’re going to have to make some decisions. … We’ll see how things filter out the next couple of days. I think Jered has shown what he can do. There’s a lot of confidence that we have in that youngster, and he stepped up and has done a good job.”
Colon has been on the DL since mid-April because of right shoulder inflammation and is on a rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Salt Lake City, where Weaver might wind up when the Angels’ ace is ready to return.
“Right now, we just know one thing for certain. If Bart’s healthy, he’s going to get back into the rotation and pitch. We’re looking forward to that,” Scioscia said.
“That’s the way it goes,” the 23-year-old right-hander said. “The guy’s a Cy Young Award winner. My job was to make it tough on the coaching staff, and I think that I’ve done that so far. If they have to send me down, they have to send me down. I’ll just try that much harder to get right back up here.”
Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer off Seth McClung (2-8) in the fourth inning and Kendry Morales added a solo drive for a 5-1 lead in the sixth. Orlando Cabrera and Garret Anderson also drove in runs for the Angels.
Weaver pitched seven scoreless innings and beat Baltimore 10-1 in his major league debut on May 27, then limited Cleveland to two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 10-3 victory six days later.
He was every bit as tough on the Devil Rays, who were hitless until Crawford led off the fourth with his sixth homer. Lugo homered in the sixth, and Jorge Cantu (fifth-inning single) and Jonny Gomes (sixth-inning double) had the other hits off Weaver.
Tampa Bay’s Rocco Baldelli went 0-for-3 in his first appearance since the final game of the 2004 season. The 24-year-old center fielder missed all of 2005 because of knee and elbow surgeries and began this season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
“More than anything, it was fun … the most fun I’ve had in almost two years,” Baldelli said. “It could have been a lot better if we won.”
Napoli hit an 0-2 pitch into the left-field seats in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. A walk and McClung’s two-base throwing error on a pickoff attempt put Chone Figgins into position to score on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The Angels chased McClung from the mound when Morales led off the sixth with his third homer and Dallas McPherson doubled with one out. McClung allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings and has yielded 21 runs and 24 hits in 22 1-3 innings over his last four starts—all losses.
Anderson had an RBI single off Brian Meadows in the seventh.
Devil Rays LHP Casey Fossum (left groin strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list after the game. RHP Doug Waechter was optioned to Triple-A Durham. … Baldelli missed 221 games while he was sidelined. During a rehabilitation stint at Durham, he batted .404 (19-for-47) with five doubles and four RBIs in 12 games. … Cabrera walked in the third, extending his Angels club-record streak of reaching base safely to 38 consecutive games—the longest active streak in the majors. … The Angels have won five straight series. They were 0-6-2 over the previous eight.