05/07/11 2:08 AM ET
Walden introduces changeup to game action
By Glenn Rabney / Special to MLB.com
"It was a pitch that he got up a little," said manager Mike Scioscia, "but he was going to be swinging away, so I had no problem with the pitch."
In fact, Scioscia expects Walden to start mixing it in more.
"It's a new pitch for him in a game, but he's always had a good changeup," Scioscia said. "It's part of his best stuff. His motion is good with it, complements the change in velocity. It's a pitch that he will use."
There are steps a pitcher takes as he gets settled into the Majors and adds to what he does on the mound.
"You try to get your feet on the ground in the Major Leagues," Scioscia said. "First lesson is command with his fastball, second is getting a consistent breaking ball.
"Last year, he was just trying to throw fastball, power breaking ball, and see how that played. Now he's introducing his changeup. It can be a good out pitch and complement all the other stuff he has, so he'll use it."
As for the result Wednesday night, Scioscia said that you find out what closers are made of when they blow their first save.
"He was fine, next day he was ready," Scioscia said. "He's very competitive. He understands it, he's ready for the challenge mentally, moving forward."
Morales rejoins Angels, begins running again
ANAHEIM -- Kendrys Morales returned from Spring Training camp in Tempe, Ariz., rejoining the Angels after their road trip on Friday.
Recovering from surgery on his lower left leg, Morales was sent to Arizona for what manager Mike Scioscia called a "breather."
"He's back with us," Scioscia said. "He had a meeting with Dr. Kwong and Dr. Yocum re-evaluating where he is, and he feels much better."
As has been the case with Morales during his rehabilitation, there are no hard and fast rules except to take it slow and to be careful. According to Scioscia, the first step is to introduce some treadmill work and other non-baseball activities.
"We want to get him running," Scioscia said. "That's most important, and to make sure he feels good with that."
Morales is running with full weight on his leg, but there is no timeline regarding when he will add to that regimen.
Scioscia stressed that there was no additional damage revealed in the evaluation and that this is just par for the course.
"You never know, with an injury of this nature, how you're going to respond when you start to putting force on it," he said. "A lot of it is peripheral stuff, not related exactly to where the surgery was."
Frustration comes only from disappointment, not anything Morales is or isn't doing.
"He's gotten very close at times, to where you think there have been breakthroughs and he'll be back out on the field," Scioscia said, "only to have him plateau out and not make the progress you had projected."
Ultimately, the Angeles have only one option.
"We're going to be patient, and he'll be back out there when his ankle is ready," Scioscia said.
Mike Scioscia is just one win shy of 1,000 as the Angels' manager following Friday's 2-1 victory over the Indians. He will be just the 23rd manager in Major League history to reach that number with one team. Scioscia is the longest tenured manager in the American League with 12 seasons -- second in the Majors to Tony La Russa in St. Louis. The Angels are only 14 victories away from 4,000 in the club's history.
Glenn Rabney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.