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Weaver Injury Changes West Race

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It's still very early in the 2013 season, that's not hard to figure out.

Another thing that's easy to realize is that the Los Angeles Angels could be in serious trouble. Remember last season when the Angels stumbled out of the gates and then fought tooth and nail to stay afloat in the AL West race before eventually missing the postseason and finishing third in the division?

That could be on the verge of happening again after the Angels' No. 1 pitcher, and one of the top arms in the American League, Jered Weaver was injured on Sunday night while trying to avoid getting drilled by a Mitch Moreland comebacker at Rangers Ballpark. Weaver fell trying to dodge the ball and landed awkwardly on his left (non-throwing) elbow, fracturing the bone and he'll be on the disabled list for four to six weeks.

That leaves the Angels in a rough spot when it comes to the starting rotation as they must now rely on C.J. Wilson as the staff ace and free agent acquisition Jason Vargas, along with guys like Joe Blanton. Not good if you're an Angels fan. The Angels had to move Jered Weaver-look-a-like Garrett Richards to the rotation from the bullpen, which hurts the bullpen and weakens the rotation as well.

In the midst of a series with Oakland, who ate up the Angels' bullpen on Tuesday night to win the series opener, the Angels could be in serious trouble if they don't bounce back and win this series as they're currently sitting at 2-5, aleady 3 1/2 games back of the A's and Rangers at 6-2 heading into Wednesday's games.

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