"It was awesome. Couldn't feel my body for that first inning," the 21-year-old right-hander said of making his major league debut Monday night against the Cleveland Indians. "Just a lot of adrenaline going through me."
Chatwood rose from Class-A to Triple-A last season, making just one start in Triple-A. He started this year there but pitched just one inning Saturday before getting the news that the Angels needed him to make a start.
"Very surprised," he said. "I had no idea it was happening. They just told me before the game to go through my normal routine but I was only going to pitch one inning. Then after the game, they told me (he had been promoted to the majors)."
In his big-league debut Monday, he gave up a solo home run to Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning and a three-run home run to Matt LaPorta in the second. But that was the last hit (and run) he allowed in his five innings. After walking the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, Angels manager Mike Scioscia left Chatwood in to pitch to Shin-Soo Choo. The young right-hander got Choo to bounce into an inning-ending double play, giving Chatwood a highlight on which to exit.
"There are small battles all through a game," Scioscia said after the 4-0 loss to the Indians. "That might be one that helps him move forward."
Scioscia said Chatwood will stay with the Angels and remain in the rotation for at least one more start (though that start might be pushed back based on off days coming up).
"No, definitely not satisfied," Chatwood said when asked to assess his performance in his big-league debut. "I didn't go out there and keep my team in the game and we lost. But hopefully I can build from this and learn from it and do better next time."
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