Hung back at Tampa to watch Mariano Rivera throw live BP.
With pitching coach Dave Eiland watching closely from behind the mound, Rivera threw 36 pitches to Wilson Betemit, Francisco Cervelli and Jason Lane.
“I felt fine, it was good,” said Rivera, who is scheduled to appear in his first game on Friday. “Everything was good.”
Rivera said he was not worried about location. His goal was just to get a little stronger.
“Everything is on schedule,” he said.
Rivera traditionally throws 8-10 innings each spring and will go back-to-back once. There also could be a game when he gets five outs. At this stage in his career, he knows exactly what he needs to be ready.