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03/08/11 4:15 PM EST

Pettit happy to be back

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Fifteen months is a long time to be away from something you love, so you can imagine how good Angels outfielder Chris Pettit has been feeling this week to be back in competition following surgery on his right shoulder last March.

Pettit, who suffered a torn labrum and extensive shoulder damage in a home-plate collision in the Dominican Winter League following the 2009 season, made his second start on Monday in Mesa, Ariz., against the Cubs. He doubled and singled in three at-bats, driving in two runs and scoring once, and he started a brilliant relay in the left-field corner to throw out a runner at home.

"It's just good to be back out there, getting a feel for hitting again," said Pettit, a native Southern Californian who attended San Dimas High School and Loyola Marymount University before the Angels selected him in the 19th round of the 2006 Draft. "You really miss it when you're gone that long."

A .313 career Minor League hitter in 365 games, Pettit was 2-for-7 in 10 games with the Angels in 2009. He's a line-drive gap hitter who uses all fields and has excellent speed. He can handle all three outfield spots.

Scioscia isn't concerned about Rodney

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It is much too early for any hard judgments, in Angels manager Mike Scioscia's mind. Fernando Rodney has time to show he's the right guy for the ninth inning.

"This is spring," Scioscia said in the aftermath of Rodney's rocky outing against the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday. "He's going to have plenty of time to show what he can do.

"Fernando had good stuff. He just had trouble putting guys away. Some of our guys had issues with command."

Rodney yielded four singles, a double and two runs in one inning. He was assisted by a superb relay from left fielder Chris Pettit to shortstop Erick Aybar to catcher Bobby Wilson to nail Marlon Byrd at the plate on Aramis Ramirez's double.

In three appearances this spring, Rodney has given up seven hits and two walks in three innings and owns a 6.00 ERA. He is bidding to nail down the closer's job vacated by Brian Fuentes, who was shipped to the Twins in August. Fuentes is now a setup man for the Athletics.

Among those in contention for the closer's role should Rodney falter are young guns Kevin Jepsen and Jordan Walden. Also in the picture are Jason Bulger, Michael Kohn, Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi.

Breakthrough for Wood?

MESA, Ariz. -- Brandon Wood had his first big moment of the spring against the Cubs when he launched a solo homer to right-center in the ninth inning on Monday to draw the Angels even at 13 after they'd coughed up a 9-0 lead.

Wood had helped create that early cushion with a two-run double past third during an eight-run third inning. The third baseman is 3-for-16 (.188) with five strikeouts, but he's hoping he can build off a solid day against the Cubs with contact in four of five at-bats.

"It was good to see Brandon relax and swing the bat," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Wood is focusing on getting more leg drive and being aggressive in the strike zone, trying to erase the stigma of a highly disappointing rookie year by returning to the confident level that characterized his brilliant Minor League career.

"It was good to get into a ball and watch it carry," said Wood, who marveled at two earlier blasts by Mark Trumbo. "Mine wasn't 500 feet like Mark's, but it got over the fence, which was nice."

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