Weaver will be ready for opening day

first_imgIt helps explain why the Angels have been so cautious with Weaver at the start of camp. Weaver said Wednesday he underwent strength tests on the shoulder with seven of the nine tests coming back positive. That means there will still be more long toss days before he throws his first bullpen session. “There is a series of little things they can do with (your) arms and how to hold it and then put it through the computer and (get) the percentage of how much better the right arm is than the left arm,” Weaver said. “There were two of them (in which) I was like three percent better and they want at least 10 percent better.” Weaver had a long-toss session Wednesday and still said he is on schedule to start the season on time. “They want about five or six bullpens and about three or four starts so if I stay on schedule and everything keeps going the way it’s going then I think I should be ready,” he said. Position battle TEMPE, Ariz. – Left-hander Joe Saunders knows exactly what Jered Weaver is going through with shoulder soreness. Like Weaver did after last season, Saunders tried giving his arm a long break one offseason. That was in the winter of 2002 after Saunders’ first professional season. After pitching a full season at Virginia Tech in 2002, Saunders was drafted by the Angels in the first round and finished that summer pitching at Provo and Cedar Rapids. He gave himself 2 1/2 months off after the season and when he resumed throwing he realized he had some muscle atrophy in his shoulder. Instead of trying to rebuild muscle, Saunders tried to pitch through the pain and caused serious damage. He didn’t pitch in 2003 as he rehabbed rotator cuff and labrum damage. center_img Brandon Wood is finally getting a chance to take some ground balls at third base but it might be a little presumptuous to say he can beat out Chone Figgins for the Opening Day job. “If it works out and he can play third base, to have that kind of bat coming up and having a position for him is something that could help us and is something that’s going to be big for our depth,” manager Mike Scioscia said. On the hill John Lackey threw his first live batting-practice session of the spring and Scioscia was impressed. “Last year at this time he wasn’t as far along as he is now,” said Scioscia, who still declined to name Lackey as his Opening Day starter. “He really feels good and had a great workout.” Halo happenings Francisco Rodriguez, who had been throwing off flat ground, had his first bullpen session of the spring. … The Angels came to terms with five more players. Howie Kendrick, Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis, Dustin Moseley and Phil Seibel all agreed on contracts for the 2007 season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img