Hultzen didn't give up a run in one hitless inning this spring. Kickham walked four but didn't give up an earned run in 3.1 innings. Morban hit .111 this spring.
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"It was exciting," Hultzen said. "I've been looking forward to this for a long time. It's been a really long road. To be able to come back and pitch again is incredible. There were times I doubted if I could ever come back again. I'm through that now and really, really happy I can play baseball again."
Hultzen spiked two of his first three pitches in the dirt but was able to rein in his emotion over the remainder of the inning. He's on the road back from major shoulder surgery.
"I was very pleased," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I was nervous for him, but he did a nice job. His velocity was 93-95 (mph). He threw a couple good breaking balls and bounced a few of them, but probably some jitters."
"I felt great," Hultzen said. "My arm felt great. I was just super excited to get out there again. I'm really happy right now."
Hultzen hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 1, 2013 for Triple-A Tacoma. He underwent shoulder surgery Oct. 1, 2013.
Hultzen is working his way back after having missed the 2014 season due to rotator cuff surgery.
Hultzen indicated that he wasn't sure if the team planned to have him pitch in games next. "I'm not sure what the plan is but I'm feeling great," Hultzen told MyNorthwest.com.
Hultzen is returning from major shoulder surgery. Manager Lloyd McClendon indicated in February that the team would not rush him back, saying that the team was "probably building for 2016, more than anything, with him."
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