PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Chad Cordero gave up a homer to the first major league batter he faced in two years, and it still couldn't ruin the moment.
The former Washington closer is mounting a comeback with the Los Angeles Angels. He has barely pitched in the last half-decade while dealing with injuries and his infant daughter's death.
He threw one inning against Seattle on Monday, getting three outs after Brendan Ryan homered.
Cordero led the majors in saves in 2005 as the Nationals' precocious All-Star closer, but has appeared in just 15 major league games since 2007.
But Cordero has dropped 50 pounds from his Washington playing weight, and he's determined to get back to the big leagues.
First, Cordero is hoping to land a minor league job with the Angels.