La Russa: Struggling Weaver to stay in rotation

Updated: August 3, 2006, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Weaver will stay in the St. Louis rotation despite giving up nearly a run per inning in his four starts for the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Starting Pitcher
St. Louis Cardinals

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
20 4 12 27 67 6.71

Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in early July, Weaver is 1-2 with an 8.68 ERA for his new team. He gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings Wednesday night in a 16-8 loss to Philadelphia.

"Is he the only guy struggling?" manager Tony La Russa said. "No, he's not. We're looking at everybody that's struggling and trying to get them right. I think when his turn comes up, he'll start."

A 14-game winner last year, Weaver is 4-12 with a 6.71 ERA overall.

"He's done enough things in a positive way that you can see that he's got the potential to help us," La Russa said. "Yesterday, I thought he pitched better than the numbers by a little, but he got himself in trouble by not pitching well.

"He's got some proving to do and we'll see how it goes."

Weaver said his biggest problem is throwing too many pitches, getting behind in the count and then giving in. He also said he's been overthrowing at times.

"My stuff is definitely fine," Weaver said. "For the most part, it's tough to do that when you put pressure on yourself to do it each and every time you go out there.

"Things are bound to happen and that's what happened."

La Russa didn't want to talk about possible alternatives.

"The process is pretty much the same, we're going to try and take our best shot to win," he said. "I think the guys are here, you try to get them better."

Mark Mulder, a 16-game winner last year in his first season with the Cardinals but only 6-5 this season, could provide some help soon. He had no problems in a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday and is scheduled to make the first of perhaps two rehab starts for Class A Quad Cities on Sunday.


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