Thursday, May 04, 2006

Spotlight Finds Kevin Gregg, Jared Weaver, Others

As if the Angels didn't have enough problems already with injuries to starting pitchers Bartolo Colon and Kelvim Escobar, John Lackey will soon be lost to the rotation due to his impending suspension following Tuesday's altercation with Oakland's Jason Kendall and subsequent participation in a bench-clearing brawl. The Angels can buy a little time with an appeal, but sooner or later Lackey will be gone for at least five, possibly 10 games or more. Manager Mike Scioscia has already promoted Kevin Gregg to fill one spot, now teammates are awaiting breathlessly to see whether coveted prospect Jared Weaver will be called up from Salt Lake City. Weaver has a 2-1 record with a 3.72 ERA for the Bees, but in seniority ranks behind Joe Saunders, 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA, and Dustin Mosely, 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA. However, scouts say Weaver's stuff is superior.