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03/04/11 6:11 PM ET

De Los Santos sidelined for 8-10 weeks

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Anel De Los Santos, a 22-year-old catcher from the Dominican Republic who has climbed as high as Double-A in the Angels system, is out for an estimated 8-10 weeks after suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb.

It happened during a drill when he was falling to his left, and, trying to regain balance, left his glove hand in a vulnerable position.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2005, De Los Santos is known for his solid defensive work. He is a .219 hitter in 284 Minor League games with 19 homers and 126 RBIs. Hampered by injuries last year, he batted .225 in 20 games for Double-A Arkansas.

Kazmir gaining better feel for delivery

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three scoreless innings against the White Sox were gratifying for Angels lefty Scott Kazmir on Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, but he'll be a lot happier when his fastball and slider catch up with his changeup.

"If I can get my other stuff to where my changeup is," Kazmir said following his second Cactus League start, "I'll be in good shape. I'm keeping it simple. In the bullpen, everything feels great. In a game, I have a little extra adrenaline and I throw my front side out. I'm trying to clear my front side.

"Spring Training is where you notice your velocity getting better as it goes along. I have a lot more long toss, throwing every day, to build arm strength. Because they have a lot of left-handed hitters, I mixed in quite a few sliders, eight or nine. I felt the slider was a little sharper except for one that stayed up and [Alexei] Ramirez hit [for a double]."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia felt Kazmir made significant strides once he gained command of his delivery.

"For 10 or 12 pitches, he was kind of feeling things out," Scioscia said. "After that, the ball exploded out of his hand. It was good to see him get those three innings and 41 pitches. He had good life on his fastball as his outing went on. Right now, he's feeling good physically. We need him to feel good where he is and to execute pitches, because he is talented."

Confidence, Kazmir said, is not really the big issue coming off his frustrating 2010 season. It's more about a good feel for his delivery generating real confidence in his execution.

"Everyone needs confidence to go out and pitch," Kazmir said. "But if you don't have the feel to duplicate every delivery, it doesn't matter how confident you are. Having feel is confidence."

Kazmir, who yielded three runs on five hits in two innings in his spring debut, isn't getting ahead of himself. He knows this is just the start of a long, step-by-step process.

"It's getting there," he said. "I wouldn't say the weight is completely off. We haven't even gotten to the regular season. It just feels better in the bullpen."

Kazmir was impressed by Jake Peavy's two shutout innings for the White Sox in his recovery from serious shoulder surgery last July.

"It's no surprise to me he's out there, doing what he's doing," Kazmir said. "He's a hard worker, a guy who will go out and challenge you no matter how he feels. He wasn't going to throw in the towel."

Van Mil getting close to game action

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Loek Van Mil, the standout 26-year-old right-hander from the Netherlands acquired from the Twins in the Brian Fuentes swap last August, made "great progress" in his second bullpen session on Thursday, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

"We're definitely optimistic we're going to see him at some point this spring," Scioscia said, indicating that it should come before Minor League squad games begin on March 17.

Van Mil was slowed by right shoulder inflammation and a bout of knee tendinitis. At 7-foot-1, he has challenges faced by few pitchers in the area of getting all of his parts in sync. In five professional seasons with the Twins, moving to the bullpen in his second season, Van Mil is 7-10 with a 3.57 ERA in 111 games. He has 144 strikeouts and has issued 105 walks in 189 innings, indicating control has been his primary obstacle.

Minimal rest for Angels in outfield

TEMPE, Ariz. -- You'd have a hard time finding a more durable trio of outfielders than the Angels employ in Bobby Abreu, Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter.

Abreu, who figures to divide time between the two corners and the designated-hitter role in his 15th big league season, is on the verge of an all-time record. If his name appears in 150 box scores in 2011, he'll break a tie with the incomparable Willie Mays with 14 consecutive seasons playing at least 150 games.

For a nine-year period starting in 2002, when he broke in as the Blue Jays' regular center fielder, Wells led all AL center fielders in games with 1,297 -- as well as runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and extra-base hits.

The shift to left, and moving off artificial turf, should serve to keep Wells on the field on a consistent basis. The same applies to Hunter, who has played at least 135 games nine times and figures to benefit from the move to right in saving wear and tear on his wheels.

Abreu, Wells and Hunter bring 38 combined years of Major League experience to the Angels clubhouse. New center fielder Peter Bourjos, who is as observant as he is fast, will benefit from being around these veterans, learning how they've managed to stay on the field with such remarkable consistency.

Worth noting

Both new Angels lefties, Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi, had impressive outings against the White Sox on Friday. Downs claimed the win with a perfect fourth inning, following Scott Kazmir to the mound, while Takahashi struck out Alexei Ramirez and retired Adam Dunn on a fly ball to leave the bases loaded in the fifth in his Cactus League debut. "I was very impressed with him," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Takahashi, who had two strikeouts. "He showed all of his pitches and pitched very well. He knows his way around situations." ... Vernon Wells had two hits, scoring twice, and stole his first base of the spring. Howard Kendrick, who delivered Wells each time with line-drive hits, also stole a base. Tyson Auer made it 3-for-3 in thefts, giving the Angels 17 in eight games. They've been caught only twice. ... Right-hander Ryan Chaffee continued to improve his stock with two perfect innings of relief. Michael Kohn loaded the bases with none out in the sixth but pitched his way out of trouble with a lively, moving fastball, striking out ex-Angel Dallas McPherson and getting two pop flies. "Michael Kohn did great," Scioscia said. "He elevated on the strikeout and showed a good breaking ball, too." Kohn received a text after the game from Scot Shields, whose locker he occupies, praising his work while advising him to stop loading the bases. Kohn holds deep admiration for Shields and resembles him a great deal on the mound.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.