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 Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 08:03 pm
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Ron Fowler, the San Diego Padres executive chairman, sounded off on struggling starter Jered Weaver - who is now on a "short leash" - Wednesday morning on The Mighty 1090AM.

Fowler's radio appearance followed a Weaver start on Tuesday afternoon in which the 34-year-old veteran managed to go just three innings and forfeit seven earned runs against the Texas Rangers.

"We’ve had several performances from Jered that have been not very good," Fowler was quoted saying by Dennis Lin of the San Diego Tribune. "We’re hoping there’s something left, but the last several performances don’t give us much cause to be positive."

Tuesday's affair against the Rangers was the last of a three-game stretch from Weaver in which he allowed a total of 22 runs - 17 earned - over just 12 2/3 innings.

It's not the first time Fowler has sounded off on his under-performing players. Fowler took exception to Matt Kemp's parting shots last season, calling them "a bunch of b.s."

Weaver signed a one-year deal with the Padres this offseason worth $3 million after a season with the Los Angeles Angels in which he posted a 5.06 ERA and 5.62 FIP over 31 starts. By FanGraphs' WAR, he was the second-worst qualified starter in all of baseball last season, behind only James Shields.

Weaver has been dealing with diminished velocity over the past few seasons. His fastball is averaging 83 mph so far this season - second-slowest to only the knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey.