PHOENIX -- Left-handed starter Scott Kazmir walked off the field at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Sunday morning well pleased with what he had done in his final appearance before pitching in a Cactus League game for Oakland.
Kazmir, facing mostly minor league A's hitters but also big league infielder Alberto Callaspo, threw 46 pitches including fastballs, sliders, changeups and curves.
"I felt good throwing most of my pitches,"' Kazmir said a few minutes after walking off the field. "When I got to two strikes, I was able to put the hitters away."
Kazmir, who signed for two years and $22 million over the winter, drew a crowd of interested observers for his session. Pitching coach Curt Young and manager Bob Melvin were among a host of A's coaches and executives sitting behind the plate. Young came away impressed.
"I thought he looked good for this early in the spring," Young said. "His fastball had a lot of carry to it. I was impressed with the location he had with all his pitches."
Kazmir said he like to have his first "game" of the spring be a simulation like this one because he could work on specifics. He said once he gets into a game, when trying to get outs it's harder to polish his pitches and his mechanics.
He threw three sets of pitches, approximately 15 each time, then sat for 10 minutes before getting back on the mound, simulating the flow of a regular game.
He took some delight in being able to get Callaspo, a teammate from his Angels days. Kazmir hit a ball off Kazmir's leg last year when Kazmir was pitching for Cleveland.
"Then I came back with a pitch high, and he went deep," Kazmir said, laughing.
Kazmir probably will make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.