SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Matt Harvey has spent six years in the big leagues and turns 30 on March 27, but the Los Angeles Angels pitcher said he felt like he made his first big league start on Wednesday.
Harvey gave up one run and two hits in three innings against the Colorado Rockies in his first spring training with his new team. The right-handed, who was delayed due to a glute-strain this year, threw 44 pitches. His fastball reached 95.6 mph.
"There were absolutely some nerves," Harvey said. "I text a few people before the game I said:" Man, I feel 21 years old again and start my baseball career in the big divisions. "It was fun, it was good to finally get out of there. I was pretty bad about missing those three days early in the camp, and I think I got pretty caught up after today. & # 39;
"All in all it was a good outing," said Bradel's manager Brad Ausmus.
Harvey was 7-9 with a 4.94 ERA in 28 starts and four relief appearances last season with the New York Mets and Cincinnati. He signed a million, one-year contract with the Angels this out of season.
"It's the first time I'm in Arizona in the spring, because I'm with a new spring training team," Harvey said. "I think I can finally be healthy and throw the ball the way I want it to feel like I'm starting again. It's nice to have that feeling."
Harvey retired the Rockies in order in the first and then gave up a lead-off double to Trevor Story in the second on a curve-ball. Story noted on the sacrifice fly by Raimel Tapia. Tony Wolters also took a lead over a double off by Harvey in the third.
Angel catcher Jonathan Lucroy called for more turns, a pitch that Harvey said did not feel comfortable in the past. That can change. Harvey was also happy with his slider.
"Once that starts to work, I've had my success in the past," Harvey said. "To be able to work that in, hopefully the curve ball will gain momentum and we'll have a few more looks."
He peeked a few times at the radar cannon readings on the stadium's scoreboard.
"It's early," said Harvey. "I think you feel more comfortable, free and easy and you let yourself go and are not so mechanical, it will be easier."
COMMENTS: LHP Andrew Heaney has to make his second start on Friday. He had missed a planned trip because of an elbow infection. … Justin Upton (tendonitis of the knee) was on schedule to quickly start a game, Ausmus said. … Two-way player Shohei Ohtani is still limited to soft pitch while rehabilitating at Tommy John's operation. There is no timetable for the next step. "I just want him to stay on the program we have," Ausmus said. "He is a new case study because he is a pitcher who is also a designated hitter and we do not want to risk either part of that career." Ohtani was expected to strike and pitch this year in 2020. "I think of them , the tangent program and pitching program, as two separate programs, "Ohtani said. via an interpreter. … Ausmus learned Wednesday & # 39; good morning & # 39; from the Japanese media. … Ausmus turns 50 in April, but he feels even older now. "I played with Tony Gwynn and played against his son," said Ausmus. "I played with Cecil Fielder, I played against his son, now I have managed Torii Hunter and now I am managing his son (Torii Hunter Jr.). I am going upstairs."
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