BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : ANGELS
Chuck Finley pitched respectably for five innings Tuesday. He walked three, but had no strikeouts. Only one of two runs he gave up was earned. “My pitches are coming around,” said Finley, who progressed slowly after undergoing surgery on his left big toe. “My arm strength’s built up pretty good and I guess they’re going to let me go six or seven innings (in Sunday’s Freeway Series finale). . . . I’m pretty much throwing pain-free.”
Tuesday’s game was painful to watch. The Angels, who haven’t scored in 20 innings, committed five errors--three by Luis Sojo after he shifted from third base to second--and Scott Lewis failed to retire any of the nine batters he faced. “The bad things are very obvious,” Rodgers said, “and the good things are we weren’t on TV today and Finley threw 70-plus pitches and should be ready to progress.”
Angel Senior Vice President Dan O’Brien said club executives would discuss players put on waivers Tuesday by other clubs “but not at any great length because we’ve already discussed most of the people there and we really didn’t get too excited about anyone.” . . . Tuesday’s moves left the Angels with 28 players in Palm Springs. Fortugno (6.52 earned-run average in 9 2/3 innings) and Young (7.36 in 11 innings) struggled most of the spring. . . . Pitcher Chris Beasley, who attended Costa Mesa High and Orange Coast College, is still in camp. “I figured I was targeted for triple A in the beginning, so I’m kind of surprised I’m still here,” said Beasley, who went two scoreless innings Tuesday.
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