Garland is not torn about Sox

Times Staff Writer

Jon Garland admits it might be a little odd facing Paul Konerko, because he was a teammate for eight years in Chicago, and Joe Crede, because they played double-A and triple-A ball together before matriculating to the big leagues with the White Sox.

But otherwise, the Angels right-hander is attaching no special significance to tonight's game, his first start against the team that traded him for shortstop Orlando Cabrera in November.

"Maybe if this was back in the day, when guys didn't move around as often, it would be a different feeling, but look how many different guys they have compared to last year," Garland said. "It's not really strange, because I've already faced most of those guys."

Facing your former team can be an emotional experience. Torii Hunter admitted being so distracted during the Angels' season-opening series at Minnesota that it affected his play.

Garland, not a sentimental type, does not expect that to happen.

"I get nervous before every start no matter who I face, so this is no different," said Garland, who has given up one earned run and seven hits in 16 innings of his last two starts. "There's no extra incentive. I try to shut out every team, regardless of who it is."


The mechanical adjustment Jered Weaver made before giving up one hit in seven shutout innings Tuesday had to do with his leg kick.

The right-hander with the corkscrew delivery was landing too far to the third base side of the mound, "so I tried to get it as straight as possible and drive straight through the target," Weaver said.

But a mental adjustment may have also contributed to Weaver's performance, in which he hit 95 mph with one fastball.

After going 1-4 with a 5.80 earned-run average in his previous six starts, Weaver took the mound with a chip on his shoulder and pitched more aggressively.

"That's the way I usually go into a game, and I got away from that," Weaver said. "It wasn't self-doubt, but I was just trying to be too fine, thinking my stuff wasn't good enough. [Tuesday] night it was just, 'Here it is, hit it.' "


Today marks three weeks since Kelvim Escobar's second try at a throwing program, and so far, it's going a lot better than the first, which the right-hander had to abort in mid-March after three sessions of catch at 45 feet.

Escobar, rehabilitating from a shoulder tear, has extended his long toss to 90 feet, "which is a big jump," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's really feeling strong."

Escobar will need to extend to 120 feet and then 140 to 150 feet before throwing off a mound, at which point the Angels will have a better idea if, or when, he'll be able to return.


Third baseman Chone Figgins (right hamstring strain) began jogging. . . . Second baseman Howie Kendrick (left hamstring strain) has been hitting and going through agility drills, but no timetable has been set to resume his rehabilitation stint. . . . Dustin Moseley (forearm tightness) is scheduled to start Sunday for triple-A Salt Lake and could be activated next week.


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