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Angels rotation already banged up

Angels starter Jered Weaver is dealing with spine issues and significantly reduced fastball velocity.

Associated Press

Angels starter Jered Weaver is dealing with spine issues and significantly reduced fastball velocity.

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels might have to fill two holes in the starting rotation, with right-hander Jered Weaver seeing a spine specialist and left-hander C.J. Wilson suffering another setback with his troublesome shoulder.

Wilson struggled in a Saturday bullpen session, and manager Mike Scioscia said Monday it's uncertain when he'll return to the mound. Wilson is scheduled to throw off flat ground this week.

"Probably back him off from the mound until he feels like he's ready to take that next step," Scioscia said. "He's coming along a little slower."

Wilson first experienced shoulder tendinitis three weeks ago. The left-hander was shut down in August to have surgery to remove chips and spurs from his elbow. He hasn't faced a hitter in spring training, making it unlikely he'll be ready for the start of regular season.

Weaver was back in Los Angeles to see doctors Monday — the day he was supposed to make his third start. The right-hander's velocity has dropped considerably amid health issues.

Weaver was hampered by hip pain a year ago and said he went through an extensive offseason stretching program in hopes of loosening up his body. He gave up three home runs in his last start, with a fastball topping at 81 mph.

"Some guys are a little behind and we're seeing that," Scioscia said. "But I think the prognosis for guys to get ready and be able to pitch the lion's share of the season is still good. But we have a little bit of depth that we might have to tap into."

The news was better for left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who threw live batting practice Monday, the first time he has faced hitters since Tommy John surgery.

LABOR TALKS: Major League Baseball has had 21 years of labor peace, something Major League Baseball Player's Association executive director Tony Clark said he expects to continue in anticipation of talks after the current collective bargaining agreement expires this year.

"I am cautiously optimistic," Clark said after meeting with Cubs players. "Labor peace is not the goal. A fair and equitable deal is the goal.

"Over the last 20 years or so, we have been fortunate enough to find ways to work through it. I would anticipate there being challenges here as well and we will have to determine whether or not we can work through it, but I am again cautiously optimistic we will be able to do so."

METS: Third baseman David Wright went 1-for-5 with a single during a simulated minor-league game, his first game action of the spring. The team captain was limited to 38 regular-season games last season because of a hamstring injury and spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. … Right-hander Jacob deGrom was scratched from his start because of back stiffness.

ORIOLES: Catcher Matt Wieters had an MRI exam on his sore right elbow, and the results revealed his elbow "looked good structurally," manager Buck Showalter announced.

TIGERS: DH Victor Martinez left in the fifth inning with a mild left hamstring strain and is day to day.

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