Angels activate Colon, demote 4-0 Jered Weaver

Updated: June 17, 2006, 2:37 AM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels activated reigning Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon from the 15-day disabled list following Friday night's 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres, and optioned rookie right-hander Jered Weaver to Triple-A Salt Lake.

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The decision to send the younger brother of Angels righty Jeff Weaver to the minors was a tough one for general manager Bill Stoneman and manager Mike Scioscia. Jered Weaver, the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2004, was 4-0 with a 1.37 earned-run average in four starts after his promotion on May 26.

Jeff Weaver, who allowed three runs and seven hits in Friday's no-decision against the Padres, is 2-7 in his last 10 starts with an ERA of 4.02 in his last five outings. There was speculation that Jeff would go to the bullpen if he had one more poor outing.

"I figured it was going to happen sooner or later, and the time has come," Jered Weaver said. "Bart's coming back and I'm the odd man out. So I've just got be positive and take it in stride, keep doing what I've been doing and work harder to get back up here as soon as possible."

Colon, who will pitch Sunday against the Padres after three rehab outings, is 0-2 in three starts for the Angels with a 7.07 ERA. He's pitched only 14 innings this season due to inflammation in his shoulder after winning a career-high 21 games last year.

"Right now we have some things to settle in our rotation," Scioscia said. "Bart's coming back with a little bit of uncertainty, and we wanted to make sure we're where we need to be."

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