Casey Kotchman “All the Way Back”

Matt Hurst of the Riverside Press-Enterprise caught up with Casey Kotchman, who said his winter ball regimen has him ahead of schedule:

Three hard-hit balls, resulting in a home run, single and line out, was how Casey Kotchman’s day went, and he says it’s because he played winter ball until mid-January.

"I think it was definitely beneficial for me to be playing up until January," said Kotchman, who spent two months playing in Puerto Rico. "All it can do is help."

Kotchman, who played just 29 games last year while dealing with the effects of mononucleosis, said he’s "definitely" ahead of schedule compared to past springs and has played as much as possible to show the Angels he’s healthy.

"I’m all the way back physically," he said. "Endurance-wise, it’s a matter of continuously playing. … I can play longer in games if they need to see that."

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