TEMPE, Ariz. -- The tallest player in professional baseball is headed back down to the Minors, as 7-foot-1 Loek Van Mil was sent to the Angels' Minor League camp."Obviously, this was expected," the right-handed reliever from the Netherlands said. "I didn't come in here with false expectations to make the team. You just want to prolong this as much as possible because it's fun to be here." The 27-year-old, who was acquired as the player to be named in the Brian Fuentes trade with Minnesota in 2010, has some work to do in order to put together a full package that the Angels will be able to use at the Major League level. "He's searching for a little something in his delivery," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's certainly searching for an out pitch." Van Mil, who went 3-5 with a 2.04 ERA in 30 appearances (one start) covering 66 1/3 innings last year with Double-A Arkansas, said there was something he was searching for, and now he's wondering why he was. "I tried something else that didn't work out," he said. "I tried to take something off my velocity, try to throw more strikes and get more movement on my ball, but it didn't work out. So my game plan now is to go back and do what I did before, go back to throwing hard and see what happens."
Haren comfortable on the road
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dan Haren is one well-traveled pitcher, having been in four organizations since breaking into the Majors in 2003. He even makes his way around the Phoenix metropolitan area during Spring Training."I'm going to have 10 Cactus League road starts in a row, which has to be some kind of record," Haren said after three brilliant innings against the D-backs on Tuesday. "I do the Cactus League tour every year." Through it all, it's evident he's very much in a comfort zone with the Angels, heading into his second full season under the halo. Using his fastball, his cutter and throwing 10 split-finger fastballs, Haren struck out seven and walked none while allowing just one hit -- a leadoff single to Willie Bloomquist. He needed just 10 pitches to strike out the side in the third inning, and he has yet to allow a run through his first two outings of the spring, giving up just two singles in five innings of work. "The most important part of spring is feeling good, and I feel better this time than I did last time," Haren said. His Tuesday visit to Salt River Fields was his first, and it also marked the first time he has faced his last former team, the Diamondbacks. Haren still has many friends among the D-backs, including ace Ian Kennedy and catcher Miguel Montero. "It's funny, I was walking in from the bullpen and somebody was wearing a Cardinals' Pujols jersey and said, 'Hey, we miss you in St. Louis,'" Haren said. "And then someone else said, 'Hey, we miss you in Arizona.' I was like, 'Oh, no one misses me in Oakland?'"
Morales' calf tight, otherwise feeling good
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The news Tuesday on Kendrys Morales wasn't good, but it wasn't that bad, either.Morales experienced some tightness in his right calf -- that's the opposite leg from the one he suffered the broken ankle in 2010 -- after running the bases Monday, so he was held out of running Tuesday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Morales will get back to running the bases the next day or two. "It's actually a positive sign that he's really starting to get aggressive with his running and his muscles are starting to get tight," Scioscia said. "His ankle's fine. We just need to get his legs in shape."
• Outfielder Mike Trout, the top prospect in the Angels system, was on the traveling roster in the morning and was expected to see his first Cactus League action of the spring after being held back by illness that caused him to drop 10 pounds. However, he wound up staying back at the team complex in Tempe. "He ran the bases early and this morning he was a little stiff from his workout," Scioscia said. "We don't want to take a chance. We want to make sure he is where he needs to be."• Starter Dan Haren went to the plate but didn't swing the bat, which means he followed instructions. "We're not going to swing the bat now with our pitchers, no way," Scioscia said. "These guys are getting ready to pitch in the season. We'll be ready for our Interleague games when they come." • The Angels executed a perfect suicide squeeze in the seventh, with Jean Segura dropping it down to score Kole Calhoun.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.