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A former prospect with the Dodgers, he went 2-2 with a 5.76 in six starts with Pittsburgh in 2013. He spent time with four different Pirates minor league affiliates last year while struggling with a strained right shoulder.


The Angels got good news on right-hander Dane De La Rosa, who left Thursday’s game with tightness in his right forearm. X- rays showed that De La Rosa, 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 75 games with the Angels in 2013, had no damage and just a strain.

Scioscia said he would “play it by ear” on how De La Rosa would be used throughout spring. He is expected to be ready by opening day and De La Rosa told reporters that it “wouldn’t be long” before he’ll be back in regular action.

De La Rosa walked five and allowed a grand slam to Scott Van Slyke against the Dodgers.


Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher took batting practice with the Angels and shagged fly balls prior to Friday’s game. He said he was impressed with Trout, who he called “a little brick” and said he had no doubt he could play football.