DETROIT — Angels Manager Mike Scioscia looks at reliever Dane De La Rosa’s stuff, which includes a big 96-mph fastball and sharp breaking ball, and his track record, which before this season consisted of nine years of professional baseball and only 12 games in the major leagues, and he has trouble reconciling the two.
“Dane has too good a stuff not to have had this opportunity earlier in his career to pitch and stay in the major leagues,” Scioscia said after the Angels’ 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. “Sometimes a player has to find out what isn’t working for him and make adjustments to find out what does work.”
De La Rosa, a 30-year-old right-hander who pitched at Wildomar Elsinore High and Riverside Community College, is figuring it out.
With two on and no outs in the fourth inning and the Angels trailing, 3-2, Wednesday night, De La Rosa replaced starter Billy Buckner and got Omar Infante to fly out to right field and Brayan Pena to ground out to second base.
De La Rosa walked leadoff man Austin Jackson but struck out Torii Hunter with a 98-mph fastball to end the inning. De La Rosa pitched a scoreless fifth inning, part of a strong six-inning body of work for the Angels bullpen in Comerica Park.