TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's early, but veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen has been turning some heads during his bullpen sessions. Owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto liked what they saw on Tuesday, and Mike Scioscia spoke highly about how he looked on Wednesday.
"From Spring Training last year, [Jepsen] didn't look like he was throwing the ball as well as he could, and it carried over into the season," the Angels skipper said. "And he went down to the Minor Leagues and he never really found his velocity, his command, the crispness on his pitches. He looks like a different guy this spring. He looks strong. He looks healthy. He had that knee that bothered him toward the end of the year that he had cleaned out, and he looks very good right now."
Jepsen, a 27-year-old right-hander, posted a 4.43 ERA while appearing in 122 games for the Angels from 2009-10. Last year, he posted a 7.62 ERA in 16 Major League games, then a 4.45 ERA in 24 appearances in the Minors before being shut down in mid-July. Then, on Aug. 31, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on a troublesome right knee.
Now, he's among several right-handers vying for a spot in the bullpen.
"I'll go in and do what I need to do and get back to the way I throw," Jepsen said. "Go out and compete, and from that point, everything will take care of itself."