Weaver ready for rehab appearance

Weaver ready for rehab appearance

LOS ANGELES -- After a successful simulated three innings on the Dodger Stadium mound on Saturday afternoon, injured reliever Jeff Weaver is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with the high-Class A Inland Empire 66ers in San Bernardino, Calif., on Tuesday.

Weaver, 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA and just one strikeout in nine appearances this season, went on the disabled list with a right lower back strain on April 22. He'll reenter the late-inning fray when he returns, though not on back-to-back days to start, manager Joe Torre said.

"To me, he does so well in clutch situations for us so, he'd be a guy that you'd bring out of the bullpen to get out of an inning, jam-type thing," Torre said. "Or pitch an inning, start an inning, depending on where we are in the game. In essence, I'm telling you we trust him. And I think he earned that last year."

Weaver threw 45 pitches on Saturday. The 33-year-old said he has had back pain before, but as a starter he had days off to work through it. What separated this flareup from one he's had in the past is that it came on one pitch.

"After about the third day [after the injury], everything got back to normal," Weaver said.

Torre said he does not have plans to return Weaver to the rotation, even with Vicente Padilla hurt and the fifth spot in the rotation up in the air.