Notes: Savery showing progress

Notes: Savery showing progress

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Much, much better.

That's how Joe Savery felt after his follow-up to Thursday's struggle, when he surrendered five runs in his Grapefruit League debut. A calmer Savery started on Monday and worked two hitless innings.

He broke two bats, unofficially giving him three for the spring.

"Coming from college ball, [breaking wooden bats] is a good feeling," he said. "It's confirmation that you're doing the right thing. That gave me a little confidence there that I was getting in on hitters pretty good."

Outing No. 2 went much better than last week, a helpful occurrence to a first-round pick in his first big league camp.

"There's always going to be high expectations, from myself and from the fans [for a first-round pick]," he said. "I'm not a big league pitcher right now. I know that. But I know I'm not way out of my league either. I wanted to come out today and show that there's going to be more innings like that down the road."

The affable former Rice University star will likely get one more outing, on Saturday, in what he called his "last hurrah" before being re-assigned to Minor League camp. The lessons learned while here, and the wisdom gleaned from veterans like Jamie Moyer, will take him far.

"It's like everything else I've done this far -- you don't know what to expect," Savery said. "I was glad to be a part of this. These guys have gone far above and beyond the call of duty. Every one of them, at some point, has walked up to me and said, 'Hey, try this.' I'm really appreciative and humbled by their willingness to help a young guy out."

Moyer dances in "B" game: Moyer had little trouble handcuffing the Pirates in an early morning "B" game at Bright House Field.

The veteran worked four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three. Moyer said he threw 54 pitches, including curveballs, fastballs and changeups. He will mix in his cut fastball in his fourth outing.

It's just part of the process for the 45-year-old, who is beginning his 22nd Major League season.

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At that age, does Moyer believe he is getting too old to pitch effectively in the big leagues?

"They said it last year," Mooyer said. "They said it the year before that, the year before that, the year before that, the year before that. Someday, somebody's going to be right."

This much is true -- Moyer isn't merely hanging on.

"If I was just trying to hang on, I'd be home," Moyer said. "If I felt like I was here just to hang on, just to be around the guys, I don't think I'd be here. I wouldn't want to take somebody's job just to hang on. There are a lot of guys with probably more talent than I [have], as far as ability, but they don't have the experience. A lot of it is confidence. When you pitch at this level, and you have success, you believe [you can hitters out]. When you don't pitch at this level and you want to pitch at this level, you believe, but you're not sure."

Quotable: "Speed kills. One of the things on this team last year was stealing a lot of bags. Obviously, I'm not going to be [Shane] Victorino, but there's no reason I can't throw in 10 to 15 bags if I pick my spots." -- Geoff Jenkins, who swiped a base on Monday and has 31 career stolen bases

Philling in: Kris Benson took a step closer toward a return on Monday, throwing batting practice. The righty reeled off 40 pitches, broken down into a pair of 20-pitch sessions. ... Southpaw Travis Blackley strengthened his case to make the team by tossing three scoreless innings in Monday's "B" game. He hasn't allowed a run in six innings. ... Lefty Michael Zagurski threw a bullpen session on Sunday, his first action since a September surgery to repair a torn right hamstring. He was happy with the progress and hopes to throw again on Wednesday.

Coming Up: Right-hander Kyle Kendrick will make his second start of the spring on Tuesday, this time against the Braves at Disney World at 1:05 p.m. ET. Francisco Rosario and Tom Gordon are also scheduled to pitch. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson, Buddy Carlyle, Will Ohman and Tyler Yates.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.