Jered Weaver demoted as Colon activated

Posted Jun 17, 2006

Despite posting a 4-0 record and 1.37 ERA, starter Jered Weaver's first stint in the major leagues is over. The righty was optioned back to Salt Lake City following Friday night's game to make room for Bartolo Colon, who will start Sunday's game against the Padres.

As Bartolo Colon prepared to return from the disabled list over the last week, rumors swirled as to whether Jered Weaver would be sent down, his older brother shipped to the bullpen, or a starter traded for a bat to make way. On Friday, the club chose the most conservative route, returning their 23-year-old phenom to Salt Lake.

The younger Weaver allowed just 16 hits and four walks in 26.1 innings in the big leagues, striking out 22 in the process. His debut tied him with Bo Belinsky as the only two pitchers to win each of their first four major league starts for the Angels.

At the same time, Jeff Weaver had struggled through much of the season, posting a 2-7 record and a 6.34 ERA, although he owns a more paletable 4.29 mark over his last six starts. With a solid performance against the Padres Friday, he secured his position in the rotation for now.

Weaver will return to Salt Lake, where he had a 2.05 ERA in nine games earlier this season. He will likely appear against Las Vegas this weekend at Franklin Covey Field where he has allowed just one earned run in three starts this season.

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