Anaheim Angels ace Jered Weaver was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after leaving his Monday start against the New York Yankees in the first inning after throwing just 12 pitches.
The team announced that Weaver was suffering from a lower back strain and spasms, and it's unclear how long he is expected to be sidelined, according to Adrian Gonzalez of MLB.com. Gonzalez also reported that Weaver had X-rays and underwent an MRI on Tuesday.
"It felt like somebody came up behind me and stabbed me," Weaver said after Monday's game. "I couldn't bend over." Weaver is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA this season, including a May 3 no-hitter. Righthander Garrett Richards, 24, was recalled to take Weaver's spot in the rotation. Richards was listed as the team's No. 2 prospect in the off-season but had a 4.31 ERA in 10 starts (5-2 record) at Triple-A Salt Lake. He was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in seven appearances for the Angels last season.