Scott Feldman prepared for bullpen role
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Feldman was disappointed but knew the situation before camp opened in late February.
"I wanted to start, but I was thinking to do as well as I could and see what happened," Feldman said. "All I could do was worry about the stuff I could control."
Feldman's cutter and sinker have been working well this spring as he's put hitters away and put up a slew of scoreless frames.
"I had one year where [the sinker and cutter] weren't normal, but last year when I was coming back they were fine," Feldman said. "I think I'm better than I was before. I think I've learned how to pitch a little bit better and gained that experinece. I think my off-speed pitches are better."
Feldman was able to get experience in the bullpen in the second half of last season, though he wasn't needed too often. This year, he goes in as the primary long reliever and spot starter and knows what to expect.
"You don't know how you're going to feel each day and get to know your body," Feldman said. "With this, you're winging it and trying to figure out how to keep fresh and save your bullets. I'm looking forward to spot starts and being ready for anything."
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