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