Jered Weaver makes shortest non-injury start of career

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Friday night served as the shortest non-injury start of San Diego Padres right-hander Jered Weaver’s career. He recorded just two outs, allowing five hits and walking two batters, while yielding seven earned runs. He allowed home runs to both Brandon Drury and Jake Lamb, before being replaced by right-hander Miguel Diaz.

Following his outing on Friday, Weaver has seen his ERA climb to 7.36 over his first nine starts. He has opened the year 0-4 in his first season with the Padres, adding to what is already the highest of home runs allowed in the National League with 16, in just 42.1 innings of work. Last season, he led the American League with 37 home runs allowed in 178 innings.

Each of the previous two seasons, Weaver posted the highest ERA of his career as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. In 31 starts last season, he had a 5.06 ERA, but still managed to finish with a 12-12 mark, before the team allowed him to walk in free agency.

As recently as 2014, Weaver led the American League in wins. A three-time All-Star throughout his career, Weaver has twice led the AL in wins and led all of baseball in strikeouts in 2010.

His entire 11-year career prior to 2017 has been spent as a member of the Angels, who made him a first round draft pick back in 2004. Prior to the start of the year, Weaver inked a one-year deal worth $3 million to join the San Diego rotation that has been in desperate need of healthy arms to fill innings.

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