SEATTLE (AP) -Injured Seattle starter Jeff Weaver and the Mariners are downplaying the veteran avoiding a trip to the minor leagues to rehabilitate his tired shoulder.
Seattle wanted to send its No. 5 starter to perhaps two minor league outings to finish a stint on the disabled list that began May 11. But Weaver said he didn't need the trip.
Weaver, 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA, said having a bullpen session Thursday and an 85-pitch simulated game Sunday instead is not a disagreement with his sixth team in six years.
``No, there's no disagreement,'' Weaver said Thursday. ``It was always something we were going to discuss.''
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said Tuesday that Weaver needed some minor league starts because of the long layoff.
``He hasn't pitched competitively in three weeks,'' Hargrove said. ``It's just to see how he'll do in different game situations.''
But Hargrove told reporters Wednesday he wasn't concerned about Weaver not pitching in a game in weeks and a simulated game likely would be enough to lead him back into the rotation next weekend at San Diego.
Weaver declined to speak to reporters Wednesday after the decision to keep him with Seattle was announced. He said Thursday that the Mariners asked him what he thought would be the best course to finish his DL stint. He said he did not refuse a request to make the minor league rehab starts.
``I just really feel that I've just been getting my pitches and getting enough of my endurance up in the bullpens here,'' he said. ``It's not like I was working through a sprain or strain. I've been throwing the whole time.''
The team has said Weaver was shelved with tendinitis in the shoulder. Weaver called it ``fatigue'' in the joint that has since improved markedly through weight lifting.
He said he had the same shoulder fatigue while with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005. Yet he pitched through it for 2 1/2 weeks because he was throwing well.
``When it happened this time, I'd been struggling,'' said Weaver, who left St. Louis in the offseason for a one-year deal worth $8,375,000 with the Mariners. ``So I thought it would make it worse to struggle through it.''

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