"Those were two rough years," he said. "The issues were definitely physical. It was a battle. I was unaware of the full magnitude of what was happening to me physically, but now I have a better understanding. A pitcher relies on the speed of his fastball and his pitch location maybe even more so. Ultimately, you have to hit your spots. I was missing my location, the pitches were coming over the middle of the plate and they were hitting them. Now I have addressed the situation through improvements in my conditioning and with my overall strength."
"I'm viewing this opportunity as anything, whether it's starting or long relief," he said Monday. "There is a good group of players here, a good mix of veteran guys and a few younger ones, so it's been an easy transition so far."