Friday, May 11, 2012
A homecoming for reliever Carpenter
By Randy Jennings
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Angels reliever David Carpenter played his high school ball less than nine miles from Rangers Ballpark.
It took six years for Carpenter to make the jump from “average high school player’’ -- his words -- to the majors.
“I was a big Rangers fan, so playing on this field means a lot,’’ said the 24-year-old right-hander, who managed to distribute 12 passes for friends and family for tonight’s sellout.
After graduating from South Grand Prairie High in 2006, Carpenter refined his pitching skills at the University of New Mexico and Paris (Texas) Junior College.
“Once I got out of high school, I committed myself to working hard on the things I wasn’t doing right,’’ Carpenter said.
Biggest difference between the minors and his month in the big leagues?
“There’s guys to do everything for you now, things you do for yourself in the minors.’’
His contract was selected by the Angels on April 13 and in eight appearances, has an 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA, but has not allowed a run in three appearances at Angel Stadium.
Notes: Kendrys Morales reported Achilles tightness and is not in the lineup, but manager Mike Scioscia said he is available to pinch hit. … Talking about tonight’s Angels starter, Scioscia said he expected former Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson to have a little extra adrenalin flowing. Wilson was booed by Rangers fans when lineups were announced before the game.