Mariano Rivear, making his first appearance of the spring, said he was pleased with his one inning tonight, the fifth in which he needed 27 pitches and left the bases loaded. For Rivera, who obviously knows what he needs to do to get ready for a season better than anyone, tonight was about facing hitters and building strength.
“It’s work,” Rivera said. "Actually it’s good because you’re out there throwing your pitches, working. It’s not six, seven, eight pitches. You need to throw, build strength. That’s what I did. It was good.”
Rivera did walk a batter, a rarity for most Rivera outings. He laughed when asked what happened.
"I got too excited,” Rivera said. “Better to happen now than later.”
Overall, for his first time out, Rivera was pleased.
“For the first time [out], it was there,” Rivera said of his command. “I made a few pitches up but most were down where I wanted them to be.”