TEMPE, Ariz. -- Fifteen months is a long time to be away from something you love, so you can imagine how good Angels outfielder Chris Pettit has been feeling this week to be back in competition following surgery on his right shoulder last March.
Pettit, who suffered a torn labrum and extensive shoulder damage in a home-plate collision in the Dominican Winter League following the 2009 season, made his second start on Monday in Mesa, Ariz., against the Cubs. He doubled and singled in three at-bats, driving in two runs and scoring once, and he started a brilliant relay in the left-field corner to throw out a runner at home.
"It's just good to be back out there, getting a feel for hitting again," said Pettit, a native Southern Californian who attended San Dimas High School and Loyola Marymount University before the Angels selected him in the 19th round of the 2006 Draft. "You really miss it when you're gone that long."
A .313 career Minor League hitter in 365 games, Pettit was 2-for-7 in 10 games with the Angels in 2009. He's a line-drive gap hitter who uses all fields and has excellent speed. He can handle all three outfield spots.