TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar left Saturday's game after two innings when he strained the lower left side of his back during an 11-1 loss to Colorado.
Escobar reached to his left on Steve Finley's ground ball single to second. Escobar allowed one run and three hits in his fourth start."It felt like a cramp on my left side," Escobar said. "I think it's like a back spasm."Escobar said he had been checked out and felt better by the time reporters spoke to him about 45 minutes after leaving the game. He expects to make his next start against the Dodgers and is slated to start the second game of the regular season.Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he took Escobar out just to be safe."There's no sense pushing it now," Scioscia said, adding that he felt better after Escobar was examined by team doctors. "I think we erred on the side of caution. He has time to get where he needs to be."Scioscia was hoping to have Escobar reach the 95- to 100-pitch count Saturday. He threw 79 pitches in his previous outing.Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis allowed one run on seven hits in six innings. He had given up 11 hits and four runs in his previous outing against Texas on March 18.Veteran John Mabry, battling Ryan Spilborghs and Alexis Gomez for the final spot on the Rockies bench, went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple to raise his spring average to .423.