DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Butterflies. Nerves. Anticipation. That's how right-hander James McDonald felt when he took the mound for his first Spring Training game on Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. After going through two weeks of Spring Training workouts, conditioning, and bullpens, McDonald was anxious for his first start this morning.
"It’s good to feel those nerves again, just to feel that anticipation. The nerves when you get to the mound," McDonald said. "Just that feeling [when] I woke up this morning knowing I was going to pitch. Butterflies. To me, I like the feeling…It was exciting to feel all that."
After throwing a 1-2-3 first inning, striking out All-Star slugger Jose Bautista, McDonald gave up two runs in his second inning of work.