It isn't pretty, but Sutcliffe has scoreless outing

Extra innings

March 14, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe wasn't particularly impressed with himself, but his comeback remains on schedule.

Sutcliffe pitched three scoreless innings in last night's exhibition game against the Texas Rangers. It wasn't a perfect outing, but it was an improvement over his Orioles spring debut Monday.

"I felt like I threw a little bit better," said Sutcliffe, who gave up three hits and a pair of walks. "Everything's fine -- three innings with no runs. I could have gone more, of course, but that's the program."

He displayed good velocity, but was not happy with his command of the strike zone.

"There's still some more [velocity]," he said. "It can still improve. Right now, I'm more concerned with location, but I've won a lot of ballgames with a lot less than that.

"I can't say that I'm disappointed, because that's what you would expect at this point in spring training, but I don't like to wait until the last few starts of spring to pitch well."

He also doesn't like to allow five base runners in three innings, but he was resourceful enough to stay out of serious trouble.

"I'd like to work a little on pitching out of a windup," he said, "but it seemed like I walked the first guy every time. It might look like I'm working on throwing out of a stretch, but I'm not."

The Orioles are just happy that he's healthy and throwing regularly. He missed much of the past two seasons with shoulder problems, but came back to pitch well over the final two months last year.

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