I went to Lake Elsinore tonight to watch the rehab starts of Chris Young and Josh Bard and came away encouraged.
Chris pitched 3.2 innings on approximately 60 pitches, yielding two hits and striking out four. He did give up a homer to the final batter he faced, but his command was better than I would have expected after nearly a two month layoff. In fact, throwing primarily fastballs, Chris pumped 24 strikes in 29 pitches covering the first two innings. It was great to see him back on the mound.
Josh Bard also had a good night, hitting two hard line drives in his three plate appearances and catching CY's innings without incident.
For those of you who live in Southern California, a trip to a Lake Elsinore game is worth it. In addition to the atmosphere created by the ballpark staff, the team can flat out hit.