TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels outfielder Chris Young, who has been sidelined with a strained right calf this spring, got his walking boot removed Saturday, though he remains at least a week away from appearing in Cactus League games, according to manager Mike Scioscia."We've got to start to get him into
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels outfielder Chris Young, who has been sidelined with a strained right calf this spring, got his walking boot removed Saturday, though he remains at least a week away from appearing in Cactus League games, according to manager Mike Scioscia.
"We've got to start to get him into some running, which probably won't happen for a couple more days," Scioscia said. "He's hitting in the cage now, so he'll be able to bring that forward. But the work that it's going to take for him to get into the lineup and play, you're talking probably a week away, and then we can evaluate him and see. Right now it's just going to be baby steps until that thing's 100 percent."
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Signed to a one-year, $2 million deal last month, Young is projected to serve as the Angels' fourth outfielder this season. The 34-year-old veteran batted .235 with a .709 OPS and seven home runs in 90 games for the Red Sox last year.
Skaggs pleased with outing
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs surrendered two runs over three innings during his second Cactus League start in the Angels' 4-2 loss to the Mariners on Saturday night at Peoria Sports Complex.
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Skaggs gave up three hits, including a two-run homer to Jean Segura in the third, with two walks and three strikeouts. The 26-year-old opened the game by yielding a leadoff single to Dee Gordon and a walk to Segura, but he worked out of the early jam by inducing a 4-6-3 double play from Robinson Cano and striking out Nelson Cruz looking on a changeup to end the inning.
"I thought I threw really well out of the stretch," Skaggs said. "I worked my butt off this week to feel comfortable, and I threw most of the game out of the stretch. The fruits of the labor paid off. Everything felt good. I thought the fastball command was great up until the one pitch for the home run, but I was being aggressive out there. But most important thing, I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes, which is what I really went into the game wanting to accomplish."
Skaggs said one of his goals this spring is to work on establishing his changeup, which he threw only 8.76 percent of the time in 2017, according to Brooks Baseball.
"If I start throwing the changeup in there, it's going to be a long night," Skaggs said.
Cam Bedrosian and Richard Parker, who figure to be in the closing mix for the Angels this year, both made their second relief appearances of the spring on Saturday. Bedrosian pitched a 1-2-3 fourth and has now logged two scoreless innings in two Cactus League games. Parker entered the game in the fifth and struck out the first two batters he faced, but he then allowed a triple to Gordon, a walk to Segura and an RBI single to Cano, prompting Scioscia to lift him in favor of Tyler Warmoth.
The Ohtani brief
Shohei Ohtani will return to the Angels' lineup as the designated hitter on Monday against the Reds in Goodyear, Ariz., giving him two days to recover from his "B" game start against the Brewers on Friday. After his first Cactus League start on the mound, Ohtani rested for only one day before batting in a game. Scioscia said the extra day of rest is to allow Ohtani to work on some drills he hadn't been able to do in recent days as he prepared to pitch.
"There's not going to be a fixed schedule where he's definitely pitching here or is definitely doing this," Scioscia said. "Pitching-wise, it will be more of a routine, but on the offensive end, we have to be flexible to what his needs are and where he is. There are some things he's going to do [Sunday] that he wasn't able to do."
First baseman Jefry Marte departed Saturday's game after one inning with right groin tightness. Scioscia said Marte suffered the injury while stretching for a ball at first base.
"We want to jump on it right now," Scioscia said. "Hopefully it won't keep him out too long."
Marte was replaced at first base by prospect Matt Thaiss, who crushed his second home run of the spring off Juan Nicasio in the fourth inning. Thaiss, who is ranked the Angels' No. 9 prospect by MLB Pipeline, finished 2-for-2 and is batting .313 over eight Cactus League games this year.
Matthew Shoemaker will make his second start of the spring on Sunday, when the Angels host the Rockies at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Shoemaker allowed one run over 2 1/3 innings in his Cactus League debut against Colorado on Feb. 27. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. PT. The game will be available on MLB.TV.
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