Kyle McClellan pitched in a game setting for the first time in 10 months, and he couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.
McClellan worked two scoreless innings in the Texas Rangers’ 12-3 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium, and felt no pain in his first game action since May when elbow and shoulder injuries sidelined him for the season.
McClellan, a candidate for the fifth spot in the Rangers’ rotation, threw 24 pitches and allowed no hits with no strikeouts and one walk. He still felt the effects of returning to game action, though.
“I got tired just from the adrenaline going and the game speed,” McClellan said. “You can throw 100 pitches in the bullpen, but I got out there about halfway through the first inning and it was different than what I’ve been doing. You can’t get ready to pitch in games until you’re in games.”
The Rangers don’t have a frontrunner for the fifth spot at this point, and McClellan could pitch his way into the role. And he made a nice first impression on manager Ron Washington.
“I don’t think they centered a ball on him,” Washington said. “Two easy innings. It’s nice to see him come out, but the main thing is he got out of it healthy.”
Kyle McClellan sharp in spring debut as Rangers roll to 12-3 victory over Brewers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Mar 13