PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rangers closer Joe Nathan said he felt good on Monday. Maybe too good. "My arm was so alive, it's been a long time since I felt like this," Nathan said. "The ball was just up. The ball was really exploding out of my hand." There was damage as a result. Nathan walked two batters and gave up a three-run home run to Miguel Olivo in his one inning of work against the Mariners on Monday afternoon. Nathan was the losing pitcher in the Rangers' 6-4 loss.
"My stuff was good," Nathan said. "That's one thing I'll take out of today, the ball was really exploding out of my hand. I've just got to throw strikes and work ahead in the count. Everything was just up. When I throw on the side in my next bullpen [session], I need to hone in and focus on getting the ball down."
This was just Nathan's second outing of the spring. He pitched a scoreless inning against the White Sox last Wednesday, setting down the side in order on just seven pitches."He just couldn't get the ball down today," manager Ron Washington said. "He hung a slider to Olivo. He had trouble carrying the ball down in the zone."