DUNEDIN, Fla. — There was little John Lannan could do. If it were a mechanical flaw that caused his pitches to float up in the strike zone, he could have fixed it. But, Lannan said, his arm was simply not as quick as he wanted it. This spring's length had taken its toll.
"I got my butt kicked and I have to move on," Lannan said.
The Phillies' fifth starter allowed 12 runs on 14 hits in four innings. Toronto scored eight in the second inning and sent 11 men to the plate. The wind blew hard, out to right-center field, but Lannan did not use it as an excuse.
"There were only a couple of hits that were wind-aided," Lannan said. "For the most part, it was solid contact. I just have to move on."
Lannan was most upset at his inability to put hitters away. He said he needs to expand the zone with two strikes. That, he said, is the lesson to take away from a forgettable day.
Before Monday, Lannan had a decent spring with a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings.
The lefty will make one more exhibition appearance at Citizens Bank Park. It will be a shortened outing. His first meaningful act as a Phillie should come April 6 against Kansas City. There was only one way to view Monday.
"You have to look at it as getting it out of the way," Lannan said.
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