RECAP: Wilson roughed up in Angels’ loss to Diamondbacks

C.J. Wilson struggled as the split-squad Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 Friday.

Wilson allowed nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He gave up five runs, with only one earned.

Wilson was 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA last year, and was pulled in the first inning of the Angels’ loss to Kansas City in the AL playoffs.

Roberto Baldoquin homered for the Angels in his first spring training at-bat. The 20-year-old Cuban connected off Randall Delgado in the eighth.

"He’s got a nice approach to the ball," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He has a real easy fluid swing. That ball jumped off his bat."

STARTING TIME

Angels: Wilson’s 2014 season ended on a down note and he recently had his picture on Angel Stadium removed.

"It’s the big leagues," he said. "You lose 10 or 11 games, you’re not going to be the face of a franchise."

Wilson’s spring has been slowed by an illness and a sore knee. He got up to 88 pitches Friday. Scioscia said he would likely try to put Wilson into a controlled environment to get him into the sixth and seventh innings before the Angels break camp.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards will throw five innings in a minor league game Saturday. The Angels were hoping to activate him on April 12, but Scioscia said Richards experienced some fatigue after his last outing and his return could be pushed back.

After moving in and out of the Angels’ rotation for two seasons, Richards had a breakthrough season in 2014 as a starter. He was 13-4 before his season was cut short Aug. 20 in Boston when he tore his left patellar tendon while covering first base.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker, coming off his best spring start, will face the Los Angeles Dodgers.