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Spring Training / Angels : Forsch Says He's Ready to Shoulder Load Again

March 07, 1985|ROSS NEWHAN | Times Staff Writer

MESA, Ariz. — Ken Forsch, who sat out almost all of last season with a dislocated shoulder, had just finished pitching batting practice at the Angels' training base Wednesday.

Doug DeCinces, an impressed observer, shook his head and said: "He was awesome. It made me realize again just how much we missed him last year."

Forsch did not start after suffering his injury in his second game. Now, however, he appears to have regained his berth in a rotation that includes Geoff Zahn, Ron Romanick and Mike Witt.

"I warmed up hard for 10 minutes today and then threw 15 minutes of BP," Forsch said. "That's 25 minutes full out. No apprehension or no discomfort. I felt better than I ever felt last spring. Now I feel the same."

The return of the 38-year-old right-hander, who is scheduled to pitch the March 13 exhibition opener against Seattle, would leave Tommy John to compete with farm products Bob Kipper, Rafael Lugo and Kirk McCaskill for the last spot in the rotation.

Angel Notes Daryl Sconiers missed his sixth straight workout Wednesday and has now run his fine to $1,470. . . . Pitching prospects Rafael Lugo and Julian Gonzalez signed 1985 contracts, leaving Ron Romanick, Dick Schofield and Gary Pettis as the only unsigned Angels. . . . A problem with the binding has delayed distribution by the Angels of their 1985 media guides. When the club distributed hand-bound copies to the press corps Wednesday, General Manager Mike Port said: "How's that for austerity? We're going to bind them one at a time." . . . Manager Gene Mauch will hold the first of three intrasquad games today.

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