03/12/12 9:02 PM ET
Kendrys passes another test with no issues
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
Weaver starts to break in all of his pitches
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In an environment whose sole purpose is to get players ready for the season, Angels ace right-hander Jered Weaver experienced a situation Monday he'd like to avoid as much as possible during the regular season.But it was a situation worth going through in Arizona. Facing eight hitters in the first inning of a game isn't what any starter would want, but Weaver worked his way through a rough first frame and got his work in against the Dodgers in his second Cactus League start. He gave up three earned runs on four hits in the Angels' 9-1 loss, but worked on all his pitches with new catcher Chris Iannetta and came out of the outing feeling like he'd accomplished what he needed to out of his 45-pitch effort.
"I'm not real worried about the results, to tell you the truth," Weaver said. "I was a little quick in the first inning. Obviously, [Dee Gordon's leadoff] bunt got things going. I wasn't quite hitting my spots very early on but kind of felt better that second inning, mixed in some breaking stuff and that's not going to be on point right now."Weaver noted that the Dodgers hit a lot of foul balls, which is an indication to him that they weren't squaring up on a lot of his pitches, Andre Ethier's first-inning double to left being an exception. And he was pleased that he wasn't fatigued after an especially long first inning and was able to work the second quite nicely until he hit his pitch count and was replaced. "Conditioning, everything felt good [in the first], and in that last inning as well," Weaver said. "I threw a nice 3-2 breaker to [Matt] Kemp to get him to roll over and everything was still sharp toward the end of that second inning. Conditioning, endurance and everything felt great."
Mark Trumbo got the start at third base Monday and had a tough time with a routine play in the second inning, bobbling the ball for an error on the last pitch starter Jered Weaver threw on the day."He's got to get comfortable with a lot of different plays," manager Mike Scioscia said. "The play down there today was routine, a play he's made a thousand times and practiced. He just got a little lazy with his feet and the ball took a little hop on him and he didn't get it. He'll get better as he gets more experience." The day after reliever Scott Downs allowed three earned runs while recording just one out, he shared his observations with Scioscia on what happened. "In the bullpen, he was laughing about it today, he couldn't miss a location," Scioscia said. "In the bullpen, he was almost saying let me throw this high just to miss the location. He was right there with everything, and then he got in the game and he couldn't hit a spot. It's just Spring Training."
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.