TEMPE, Ariz. -- One of baseball's best players picked up right where he left off last season.
"Mike's got such a short swing," Manager
The Angels enjoyed an afternoon of
"It's like the first day of school," Weaver said. "It's exciting to get back out there."
Weaver's fastball was clocked in the 87-mph range, not bad for his first start considering he threw in the 86-88 mph range last season and his velocity could increase as the spring goes on.
"I think I was like 96-97," he said with a smile.
Weaver, 31, said he worked extensively with the Angels' massage therapist over the winter, trying to avoid a recurrence of tightness in his hip and shoulder.
"I'm not getting any younger," he said, "so I had to do a lot more maintenance."