Garland feels 'really good' in first spring start
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Veteran right-hander Jon Garland, competing in a game for the first time since having shoulder surgery in 2011, threw a scoreless first inning Thursday in the Mariners' 4-3 victory over the Giants.
Garland, trying to win a spot in Seattle's rotation as a non-roster invitee on a Minor League contract, gave up a single to Buster Posey and a walk to Pablo Sandoval, but emerged unscathed while throwing 21 pitches.
For Garland, it was a welcome first step as he returns from rotator cuff and labrum surgery that wiped out his entire 2012 campaign.
"It just felt really good," Garland said. "To a certain extent, it felt normal. It felt like that's where I belong and that's where I should be. I'm very happy with it."
Garland, 33, said his adrenaline was flowing for his first game in 20 months.
"I just haven't been out there in so long, with umpires, in uniform and throwing to guys like that," said the 12-year Major League veteran. "I've thrown bullpens and thrown on the back fields. But until you get in that game situation and the blood going, you don't really know how you'll feel. It was a little different, but it felt good to get out there and throw strikes and keep the ball down."
Manager Eric Wedge said he'd have to see how Garland feels Friday before determining his plan going forward, but was pleased with the initial outing.
"I thought Jon threw the ball well, especially for the fact he hasn't been out there in a long time," Wedge said. "He was down, used his pitches, had to work through it a little bit, but it was a good first outing."