first_img“I think everything was worth the last nine pitches he threw,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “There were some things he was experimenting with that you could see were taking him in a direction that wasn’t going to help him. “Once he found his rhythm, the last nine pitches he threw were incredible and I think he’s really found something that hopefully will give him the rhythm he needs and not really worry about mechanics.” Shields, who was in no mood to talk Monday, seemed to feel much better about things a day later. He considers his 10.00 ERA in the second half and his 11.91 ERA over his last 12 outings to be the low point of his career. “I’ve never gone through anything like this in my life baseball-wise,” he said. “It’s definitely been tough and stressful, but I take pride in each day when I come to the park. You forget about the day before.” Pitching coach Mike Butcher stressed it wasn’t like the coaching staff was undertaking an overhaul of Shields’ mechanics. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER A sure sign that Scot Shields’ simulated game Tuesday was not going well came when the right-hander reared back and threw a ball into the right-field stands out of frustration. But a funny thing happened as the ball clanked off some empty green seats. Shields finally got on track and the entire event was deemed a success. “It was just minor, simple things just to try to get him back on track,” Butcher said. “It’s not back to Square 1, but back to where he feels good and confident and knowing that he’s going to execute those pitches.” Shields said he would try to talk the coaching staff into letting him pitch today if needed. Butcher had other plans and the right-hander would only be available in case of an emergency after throwing 40 pitches Tuesday. What point of the game Shields pitches in is the next question. Scioscia already has said Shields will have to work his way back into his setup role. “I’ll get it back,” Shields said. “That’s what it is now and I understand it. Of course I’m going to work hard to get my old role back.” Lineup changes With A’s left-hander Lenny DiNardo on the mound, it caused some significant lineup changes. Gary Matthews was moved out of the leadoff spot and batted out of the seventh spot. Matthews’ .188 batting average, compared to his .282 mark left-handed, was Scioscia’s reasoning there. Orlando Cabrera batted out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season and Howie Kendrick batted second for the first time. He hit in that spot 12 times last season. “Howie has been really swing the bat well,” Scioscia said. “We have to set the table in front of Vlad (Guerrero) so it makes sense to put him up there.” Kendrick hit a third-inning home run. Gwyn is recalled The Angels once again added to the roster by recalling Marc Gwyn from triple-A Salt Lake to join the bullpen. Gwyn made two appearances earlier this season, giving up two earned runs on five hits in four innings. More roster additions are expected once Salt Lake wraps up its season. … Greg Jones, designated for assignment to open a spot for Juan Rivera this week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Salt Lake. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img