LaTroy Hawkins began his journey back to majors on Sunday, and one can only hope the wind isn't blowing as hard in Anaheim as it was in the High Desert.
The veteran reliever tossed one inning of relief in his first rehab outing on Sunday night, allowing a solo home run to James Jones in the Inland Empire 66ers' 21-7 loss to the High Desert Mavericks in Adelanto.
Hawkins, who suffered a broken pinky on May 6th on the last play of a 4-3 win over Toronto, faced five batters in all, allowing the one run on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts during his inning.
The home run by Jones was one of five hit in all by the Mavericks, who took advantage of a stiff wind in addition to the warm air that usually aids fly balls in that ballpark.
When announcing the rehab assignment, manager Mike Scioscia said they were looking at two appearances with the 66ers before bringing Hawkins off the disabled list.
"Most likely he'll need at least two," Scioscia told reporters on Saturday. "He'll go (Sunday), then we'll see how he comes out of it."
Hawkins has a 1.08 ERA and one save in eight appearances with the Angels this season.