Having never seen Cordero pitch up close or in person or from that angle, I was kind of surprised about his throwing motion. He seems to short arm it a little. Some of the writers were wondering whether that was a result of the surgery, but GM Jack Zduriencik said Cordero has always thrown that way.
"It looked similar to what it has been," Zduriencik said. "I mean, it has never been the perfect, classic delivery, but that works for him. There is a lot of deception in what he does."
Cordero was very upbeat following the session, meeting with reporters a few minutes afterward.
"Everything felt better today," he said. "It was outside. When I was rehabbing, everything was inside. We had nice little breeze, feel fresh air. My arm felt great. No pain. No nothing. Now it's just a matter of building my arm strength up and I'll be all right."
Cordero threw about 35 pitches which is less than he was throwing on his own, but what the Mariners want him at. CEO Howard Lincoln and Zduriencik were on hand watching closely along with the much of the Mariners coaching staff.
"That I am progressing, that everything is on schedule," Cordero said when asked about what he hoped to show his audience. "They liked what they saw. Hopefully I can keep moving up and not have any setbacks. I haven't had any so far. As long as I keep doing all the work they want me to do and all my exercise, who knows, I could be up here quicker than anyone thinks."
But that won't be opening day.
"Opening day really isn't a reality," he said. "I still have to get my velocity up and that might take another month or so. So realistically, early to mid-May. I'm till a little bit away, but hopefully I'll be able to pitch 4-5 months out of this year."
Zduriencik is being cautious about putting any date on a return.
"We'll see," he said. "Those are hard to predict. One player can be ready two or three weeks sooner than another player. You never really know, but if he's feeling really good right now, which he does, that's great."