Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Jeff Weaver Bumps Irvin 'Magic' Santana

A brilliant spring for Angels SP Jeff Weaver, 29, has bumped fellow SP Irvin 'Magic' Santana, 27, from the No. 3 spot in the rotation to No. 5. Though Santana's arsonal is all but spectacular, his productivity will tend toward marginalization because of the move, with his starts reduced to perhaps as few as two for the first month of the season, then cut back again and again for the rest of the year every time the team has a rainout, heavy travel schedule or holiday. Other young luminaries who will be similarly impacted include Seattle's Felix Hernandez and Detroit's Justin Verlander.