{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Vogelsong hopes for one-plus innings in opener

|

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Vogelsong typically wants to pitch as much as he can. But he'll settle for one inning and at least part of a second inning in Saturday's exhibition opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Vogelsong wants to simulate regular-season conditions by completing the first inning, watching his teammates hit and then heading to the mound for the second inning. Whether he finishes that second inning doesn't matter at all. Vogelsong wants to regain that feeling of stopping and resuming his physical effort.

"At this stage it's important to have the up-and-down," Vogelsong said earlier this week.

Bent on being ready for the World Baseball Classic in early March, Vogelsong hoped to check off another item on his list of preparations.

"I wouldn't like to have a lot of traffic," he said, "but at the same time it wouldn't be bad to have just a little bit, just to get used to holding runners, checking guys and pitching out of the stretch."

Matt Cain will start Sunday against the Cubs, followed by Madison Bumgarner on Monday against the White Sox, Tim Lincecum on Tuesday against the Dodgers and Vogelsong and Barry Zito on Wednesday against the Angels.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español