09/07/12 10:16 PM ET
Now 40, Isringhausen still contributing to Angels
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
Signed to a Minor League contract in the middle of Spring Training, Isringhausen, who turned 40 on Friday, has been a pleasant surprise.
Leading the club with 47 appearances, the right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.92 ERA this season. A veteran presence in the bullpen, Isringhausen ranks third among active pitches with 300 career saves during his 16 seasons in the Majors.
"It took him a little while to get the feel for things," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "At the beginning of the season, he threw well. He's had some rough outings, but for a guy that is 40, he is throwing remarkably well. Hopefully, he has enough in the tank to help us the rest of the season."
Recording his 50th career victory on June 11, Isringhausen became just the 15th pitcher in baseball history with 50 wins and 300 saves.
Angels to revisit Weaver schedule after side session
ANAHEIM -- While Angels right-hander Jered Weaver didn't take the mound for his scheduled start on Friday against the Tigers, the team remains optimistic that the tendinitis in his pitching arm will subside in the coming days.
The Angels will take the weekend to evaluate Weaver, who will throw a side session on Saturday, and continue to get treatment on his right biceps. After that, the team will see how he responds and determine when he will pitch again.
"I've had this happen to be me before and usually can throw through it," Weaver said. "The difference is this time that the soreness has lingered and it isn't going away.
"I'd like to just skip the one start, but it all depends on how my body responds. We really don't have a timetable on the return."
Struggling with the tendinitis lately, Weaver combined to surrender 18 runs on 30 hits in his last four starts. During those outings, the right-hander said he noticed a drop in the velocity on his fastball and that he couldn't loosen up as easily on the bench in between innings.
"It is something Weave's been dealing with for a handful of starts and it got to a point where we felt it was important for him to take a half step backwards," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It got to a level where it was affecting things he needed to do."
Yet, as a competitor, Weaver said it is still hard for him to sit on the bench and watch his teammates out there as they compete for a spot in the postseason.
"It isn't an easy decision to make knowing we are fighting for a playoff spot. I want to be a part of it and pitch every fifth day," Weaver said. "But we have a lot of depth on the staff and will get through it."
Ervin Santana started Friday's game against the Tigers, while C.J. Wilson will start Saturday's game and Zack Greinke will take the hill on Sunday. With Thursday's off-day, it allows everyone to pitch on normal rest.
If Weaver is unable to pitch when his turn in the rotation comes up again, Scioscia said the Angels would consider Jerome Williams, Garrett Richards or Barry Enright to fill his spot.
An MRI on Wednesday revealed Weaver had tendinitis in his pitching arm. However, it wasn't directly linked to taking a line drive off his right shoulder in a start against the Mariners on Sunday.
"Weave is taking a half step back, but it is nothing long range," Scioscia said. "The strength is there, the inflammation just needs to go down. We aren't going to make any decisions on this at least through the weekend."
Aybar, Angels keep A's McCarthy in their thoughts
ANAHEIM -- Two days after hitting a line drive off the head of A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar said on Friday that he is still trying to come to grips with what happened.
"It has been a tough last few days for me as I keep replaying in my head when the ball struck Brandon," Aybar said in a statement. "I am encouraged and thankful to know that he is making significant progress and keep praying to God to please help him recover quickly and fully.
"Our game is a tight brotherhood and right now we all wear the same uniform colors."
Aybar's hit came with two outs in the fourth inning of an eventual 7-1 win for the Halos at Oakland Coliseum.
McCarthy had surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion on Wednesday and was in stable condition in the critical care unit at a Bay Area hospital on Thursday.
"From the moment Brandon was struck by that line drive, he has remained in our thoughts and prayers," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "That support will continue for Brandon and his wife Amanda as he begins the recovery process from yesterday's surgery.
Mark Trumbo hit in the seven hole during Friday's contest against the Tigers. It marked the first time he'd hit there since May 4.
Trumbo is batting .177 over his last 33 games to drop his average from .306 to .271. He's also homered just three times in his last 40 games.
"Mark is hitting a rough patch, but he is still a threat. Right now, we are looking for some balance," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Howie [Kendrick] and Erick [Aybar] are swinging well. This will allow Mark to relax and not feel the need to protect Albert [Pujols] and Kendrys [Morales] and just let him swing the bat. We need him and our goal is to get him back in the groove."
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.