The Padres decided to take a chance on Jered Weaver in the offseason even though his steady decline with the Angels was well documented. It turned out to be an awful decision by Baseball Operations. Weaver has pitched terribly for the Padres as the Union-Tribune notes, he’s given up 17 earned runs in his last 12 innings.
“Nobody takes it harder than me. It’s been frustrating not being able to throw the ball the way I want to. I know it’s right around the corner. I can feel it. I’m going to keep going out there and grinding. I’m going to figure this thing out.”
Padres Chairman Ron Fowler was on the MIghty 1090 this morning and declared that Weaver was on a “short leash” but he admired the way he owned his poor performances.
Don't worry padre fans I have a solution..we are going to have the outfielders in the stands next start to catch all those homers!— Jered Weaver (@Weave1036) May 2, 2017
We’ve had several performances from Jered that have been not very good and Jered owns them. He’s very matter of fact in his quotes, he let the team down and disappointed in his performance. Are we going to let this continue? I think it is a short leash. We are going to have to make some decisions. He started last year poorly and ended up 11-11 for a sub .500 team. We are hoping there is something left but the last several performances don’t give us much cause to be positive.
Fowler says a decision will be made in the not too distant future.
Darren Smith talked to Andy Green later in the day. Green expects Weaver to make his next start for some reason.
You have to pitch well if you’re going to continue to pitch at the Major League level. If you don’t pitch well on a consistent basis then at some point in time your opportunities are curtailed or end all together.
When asked, Green wasn’t willing to agree with Fowler and say that Weaver is on a short leash. Green is focused on helping Weaver until his next start. A lot of good that has done so far.