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Angels to get ace starter Weaver back Wednesday

KANSAS CITY — Angels RHP Jered Weaver, who has been out most of the season with a fractured left elbow, is set to return to the rotation Wednesday at home against the Dodgers.

Weaver was injured April 7 while avoiding a line drive hit by the Rangers' Mitch Moreland and went on the disabled list two days later. He didn't make any minor-league rehab starts but threw an impressive 52/3 innings during an extended spring training game last week.

RHP Jason Vargas' start will be pushed to Thursday, giving him five days' rest.

"I think it's a good place to put Weaver back," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's not bad for these guys to get an extra day here or there."

RHP Joe Blanton, who is 1-7 with a 6.19 ERA in 10 starts, appears the likely odd man out in the rotation.

Weaver had a 4.91 ERA in two starts before he was hurt. Last season he went 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA, tying Rays LHP David Price for the AL wins lead and finishing behind Price and Tigers RHP Justin Verlander in the Cy Young voting.

HARPER SITS: Nationals RF Bryce Harper sat out with bursitis in his left knee. Manager Davey Johnson said he aggravated the knee Sunday with multiple headfirst slides and by hitting a foul ball off of it. Team medical director Wiemi Douoguih said Harper has inflammation of the bursa sac in front of his knee, which he anticipates clearing up in a couple of days.

BRAUN RESTS THUMB: Brewers LF Ryan Braun was scratched because of a right thumb injury, though he pinch-hit in the ninth inning and lined out to end the game. Braun told mlb.com he might sit out multiple games.

BLUE JAYS: 3B Brett Lawrie apologized to his teammates one day after a blowup on the field and in the dugout. Lawrie was seen yelling at DH Adam Lind and third-base coach Luis Rivera after Lind didn't try to score from third on Lawrie's fly to right in the ninth inning. Manager John Gibbons then yelled at Lawrie and OF Jose Bautista intervened.

CARDINALS: RHP Victor Marte was recalled from Triple-A Memphis, and RHP Carlos Martinez was optioned to Memphis.

CUBS: RH reliever Kyuji Fujikawa went on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm injury. RH reliever Alex Burnett was claimed off waivers from the Orioles.

INDIANS: Closer Chris Perez went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness. Manager Terry Francona said RHP Vinnie Pestano will become the closer. LHP Nick Hagadone was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

MARINERS: 2B Dustin Ackley, the former No. 2 overall pick, was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma to try to rediscover his swing. Ackley, 25, is batting .205 with five extra-base hits in 45 games. Top INF prospect Nick Franklin was recalled from Tacoma.

MARLINS: RHP Alex Sanabia went on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin injury, and LHP Dan Jennings was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

PADRES: C Yasmani Grandal is eligible to be reinstated today from a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test. GM Josh Byrnes and manager Bud Black said they'll decide today whether to reinstate Grandal or keep him at Triple-A Tucson a little longer.

PIRATES: OF Jose Tabata went on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, and INF Josh Harrison was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

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