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Kotchman just happy to have his health
By MARC TOPKIN
Published April 26, 2007
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels first baseman Casey Kotchman, the former Seminole High star, is playing relatively well for the Angels, batting .257 with a home run and seven RBIs.
But the bigger news is just that he's playing, having missed most of last season with effects of mononucleosis and a viral syndrome that left him lightheaded and dizzy.
"Everything's going good," Kotchman, 24, said before Wednesday's game. "It's just fun to be playing."
The Angels were eager to have the 2001 first-round pick back on the field.
"From the first day of spring training, you could see a different pace to his step," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You saw a kid whose confidence wavered last year, but he walked on the field like the position was his from Day 1 and that's what you like to see. ..."