"I don't think there's anybody whose place he should take at this point," manager Joe Torre said Tuesday. "[David] Ely, certainly it was a horrible start last night, but he's given us a whole lot more good than bad. And the fact that Weav likes what he's doing, he likes coming out of the bullpen."
Weaver made seven starts in 2009, but that was out of the team's necessity, and Torre said his impact on other relievers has been crucial.
"A lot of the bullpen guys just sitting down there with him, he sort of prepares them how to come in the game," said Torre, who also managed Weaver with the Yankees. "That's sort of what he does that we don't talk about a lot."
When Ramon Troncoso returns from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was optioned to on July 3, Torre said the right-hander may also see some time in extended-relief situations. Troncoso, 1-2 with a 5.15 ERA, had been a middle reliever.
"Part of what we want him to do, besides working consistently on his sinker, is to extend a little bit so we have some options when he gets back here," Torre said.
Troncoso isn't being looked as a starter, Torre said, although he didn't rule out emergency situations. Weaver has been used in long relief and middle relief.
"You pick up the phone, call his name, third inning or the eighth inning," Torre said of Weaver. "He's just out there waiting for you to tell him what to do."