The illness struck Lackey so severely, he wasn't able to drive to see a doctor. He had trouble swallowing, experienced hot-and-cold flashes and "couldn't sleep." He said he's felt better the past few days, regaining about half the pounds he lost."I haven't been that sick in years," Lackey said. Kendrick on fire: Second baseman Howie Kendrick continued his torrid hitting on Thursday, raising his Cactus League average to .467 with a team-high 14 total bases. Hitting in the No. 3 spot, Kendrick crushed a two-out homer to center against Arizona southpaw Doug Davis in the first inning. In the third, Kendrick smashed an RBI single to center against reliever Matt Elliott following Maicer Izturis' RBI triple. "He's line-to-line, gap-to-gap, bloopers, gappers, everything," Scioscia said of Kendrick. "This guy can hit. He has terrific bat speed with great hand-eye coordination -- traits for an All-Star caliber hitter to have. This guy's going to be a terrific offensive player." Kendrick hit .285 in 72 games with the Angels last year after bashing the ball at every stop along the way in reaching Anaheim. Short hops: Third baseman Matt Brown, who unloaded 19 homers at Double-A Arkansas last season while batting .289, hammered a two-run homer against Arizona right-hander Jailen Peguero. Outfielder Terry Evans banged a 400-foot double to center, while catcher Jose Molina also doubled. ... The fracture in outfielder Juan Rivera's left tibia has healed enough to enable him to shed his crutches and walk on his own power. ... Right-handed pitchers Tommy Mendoza and Robert Mosebach and catcher Brenton Del Chiaro were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Up next: Bullpen anchors Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez are scheduled to make their Cactus League debuts on Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, backing up starter Kelvim Escobar against the Padres and David Wells. The Angels should have most of their regulars in the lineup.
In a split-squad game Friday night at Surprise against Kansas City, right-hander Nick Adenhart gets his first start of the spring against right-hander Luke Hudson.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.