Monday, March 15, 2010
Pitchers look healthy, but not dominant
TEMPE, Ariz. -- After 12 games, the Angels already have as many losses as they did all of last spring, but Manager Mike Scioscia has one positive story line to talk up. His pitching is getting healthier.
Starter Scott Kazmir and relievers Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepsen all made their spring debuts in the Angels’ 4-0 loss to the Dodgers, without appearing to suffer any setbacks.
“Their outings were terrific. They felt good afterwards,” Scioscia said. “We’ll see how they feel tomorrow.”
Kazmir (hamstring), Rodney (sore shins), Jepsen (shoulder tendinitis) and Scot Shields (recovering from knee surgery) all have now returned to the mound after injury delays.
The results were mixed Monday. Kazmir gave up two runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings and Rodney gave up two walks and did not allow a hit in two-thirds of an inning. Jepsen struck out two and walked one in a scoreless inning.
Jepsen, who hadn’t pitched since October, had a fastball in the 92-94 mph range, according to a scout’s radar gun. Rodney topped out at 93. Jepsen worked a scoreless inning while Scioscia had to remove Rodney, who allowed two hits and two walks, after he got two outs.
Afterward, Jepsen said his arm feels great.
“First time off the mound, I’ll take it,” Jepsen said.
Last year, Jepsen pitched in the eighth and ninth innings. But with the Rodney signing and with Shields coming back, Scioscia has said he could use Jepsen as early as the sixth inning. Jepsen said he won’t object to a lesser role.