Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 3/21/12
Reporting from Surprise, Ariz. C.J. Wilson ran more than a mile before his Tuesday start, produced five shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks, then ran again in the outfield for about 15 minutes. "I'm looking forward to building up to nine innings," Wilson said afterward. "I'm trying to simulate pitching on a hot day in Texas." Wilson's control, ability to get ahead of hitters in the count and sharp changeup have him "where he should be," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "I had good rhythm," Wilson said. "Each time, I have a goal, and I'm accomplishing those goals every time." On Tuesday, he even turned two outs. He knocked down with his glove a hard grounder by Jeff Francoeur that went between Wilson's legs. Later he cleanly fielded a high chopper that he briefly lost in the sun. THE MORALES WATCH Kendrys Morales' long wait to play in a major league game is due to end at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. The designated hitter reported some right calf tightness Tuesday from wearing a shin guard in a minor league game Monday, and the Angels opted to scratch him until Thursday's home date against the Kansas City Royals. Morales, 28, has been out since fracturing his left ankle May 29, 2010, while celebrating a walk-off homer by jumping onto home plate. In 2009, he hit 34 home runs and drove in 108 runs. "The pain from Monday is a little bit better, Wednesday's an off day, and after that we'll play a game," Morales said. "The only thing left for me is to get healthy. Everything else is something I'm already used to." The Angels have 14 spring games left, and Morales, with an 0-for-3 session in Monday's action, has accumulated 12 at-bats in minor league games. "His ankle's great, it's just a matter of getting his legs in shape," Scioscia said. "There's plenty of time for him to play opening day. We just have to see how durable he is. His bat speed is great. "He'll search for his timing now. To hit major league pitching, you need to face major league pitching." Walden hit hard Closer Jordan Walden gave up four runs and five hits in the sixth inning, recording just one out and forcing Scioscia to pull him en route to a 6-4 loss to the Royals. "Just command of everything my fastball, hung a changeup, an 0-2 curveball got up," Walden said. "I've still got some work to do this spring." Walden blew 10 saves last season. He maintained confidence he can fix this ineffective bout "throw the ball down, throw it where I want it," he said. Scioscia said his closer "didn't look in sync and was missing spots. "He's just working into his stuff. These are the things you go through in spring training." TROUT DEBUTS Outfielder Mike Trout was the Angels' designated hitter Tuesday, marking the major league spring debut for the team's No. 1 prospect. Trout, 20, flied to center, reached on an error, walked and was caught stealing, and struck out swinging. He missed more than the first two weeks of spring games because of flu symptoms that caused him to lose 10 pounds, then experienced leg tightness and shoulder tendinitis. Trout's speed and ability to play all three outfield spots are compelling, but a likely triple-A assignment would give him the chance to play everyday.
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