"It's definitely special," Eovaldi said. "It's the same game. You're just in a different uniform. That's the mentality I was trying to take out there to compete."
Eovaldi is building his relationship with Brian McCann as he looks to be a workhouse in the rotation.
"Everything has been good," Eovaldi said. "I got to throw one bullpen [session] with him previously. He's awesome back there. Today, I told him I just wanted to work on moving the ball in and out and work on the split. He said, 'Let's go.'"
"It's a result of some of the stuff that's gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere," Rothschild said. "We're aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren't going to be able to throw a lot, we're going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can."
"It'd be nice to go through a season with five starters, but there's a good chance we're not going to," Rothschild said. "There's a good chance every team in baseball won't, so it doesn't hurt to see who might fit in as a sixth starter."
"We've already begun to work on things," said Eovaldi, who added two are working on offspeed pitches and consistency. "He's awesome. It's going to be a lot of fun working with him this year."
Eovaldi achieved a lot of career highs in 2014, including games started (33), innings pitched (199 2/3 innings) and strikeouts (142). However, he still wants to improve in a few areas.
"Ups and downs," Eovaldi said on evaluating his 2014 season. "I accomplished a lot that I wanted to. I stayed healthy. I got a lot of innings under my belt, controlled my walks. But my ERA was a lot higher than I would've liked it to been and I gave up too many hits."
Eovaldi added he has worked more on his changeup this offseason in order to move away from a predictable fastball-slider combination.
"It's pretty much No. 1 right now," Eovaldi said. "My goal toward the end of the season, my last two or three games with the Marlins, I was working on a changeup -- kind of like a split-finger [fastball], in a way. It's been feeling great. I felt comfortable with it toward the end of the season last year, and this offseason, I've been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.
"I feel like in a way, because I rely on my fastball so much and my walks were down, batters were starting to be more selective and wait for the fastball. Toward the end of the season, I started moving the ball in and out a lot better, and I'll continue that this year, mixing in offspeed pitches. I think it'll be a different year, for sure."
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