Learning experience for Cahill
A's prospect bounces back after rough second inning
PHOENIX -- When A's right-hander Trevor Cahill ripped through the first inning without incident Monday against the Dodgers, the 21-year-old phenom appeared to be on his way to another impressive outing.
Instead, he ended up with his first rough outing of the spring.
Cahill allowed the first five batters he faced in the second inning to reach base, and by the time he got out of the frame, Los Angeles had four runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batter.
"The second got a little out of hand," conceded Cahill, whose spring ERA jumped from 2.25 to 4.91 in his fourth Cactus League appearance. "I felt good. The location just wasn't there."
His first mistake was falling back in love with his curveball, which he's been struggling to command all spring. After throwing a beauty of a breaker to open the inning against James Loney, he went back to it on an 0-2 count.
"I threw my first good curveball of the spring and got overconfident with it," Cahill said. "I was trying to spike it [in the dirt] ... I just didn't execute."
The pitch stayed up, Loney lined it into left field, and the rally was on.
"I kind of rushed things," Cahill said of his inability to stop the bleeding. "Just [bad] tempo."
Scheduled to pitch four innings, Cahill was limited to three because he threw so many pitches in the second. He was perfect again in the third, and the A's scored nine runs in the bottom of the inning to take him off the hook for a loss.
"I was excited to go back out there," Cahill said. "I thought maybe with the quick third, they'd let me go back out [for the fourth], but that's OK. ... I'll learn from it."
Dribblers: Third baseman Eric Chavez (right shoulder) played-light catch for the third day in a row and said it went well. He hopes to start hitting again within a day or two. ... Righty reliever Joey Devine (elbow), who hasn't pitched in a game since March 4, is scheduled to do some flat-ground throwing Tuesday, and if that goes well, he'll throw off a bullpen mound Thursday. ... The A's are off Wednesday, but lefty Dana Eveland is not. In order to keep him on turn, he'll pitch in a Minor League game against the Angels. ... Rule 5 outfielder Ben Copeland banged up his right shoulder while making a sensational catch at the center field wall in Monday's game. Manager Bob Geren said Copeland was sent to see a doctor.
Mychael Urban is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.