Kohn returns to Angels with better command

Kohn returns to Angels with better command

MIAMI -- Michael Kohn, having been summoned from Triple-A Salt Lake, was all smiles as he renewed acquaintances with good buddy Jordan Walden and the rest of the Angels before Tuesday night's game against the Marlins.

Kohn arrived on Monday night during the rain delay, but he was a little frazzled. He'd taken an early flight out of Seattle, caught a connection in Dallas, reached Miami and sat in a cab in rush-hour traffic to reach Sun Life Stadium on Monday night. He wasn't needed to pitch, and it probably was a good thing.

"It was a pretty long day," Kohn said grinning, "but I'm here. It's good to see everybody. It's been a while."

Kohn appeared in the first two games of the season in Kansas City, holding the lead for Jered Weaver in the opener and then serving a walk-off homer to Kila Ka'aihue in the second game. Kohn, who'd performed capably in his rookie year in 2010, appeared in three more games and was sent to Salt Lake on April 10.

"I went down there to smooth out my delivery, get a little quicker to the plate," Kohn said. "I probably had a little hitch or pause in there. I worked on my slider as much as I could. Basically, I went back to the way I was throwing in Spring Training. I just need to be more consistent with my breaking ball."

Kohn, who will be 25 on June 26, had a 2.67 ERA and seven saves in Salt Lake, with 42 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. With the Angels last year, 19 of his final 21 appearances were scoreless.