With Ivan Nova not available until June, Capuano hopes he can crack the starting lineup.
TAMPA, Fla. -- A two-week stint overseas in Japan with some Major League All-Stars has pitcher Chris Capuano pumped for the 2015 season. Capuano signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the New York Yankees last December.
"The quality of baseball is great, the people I have found to be friendly. I love the food, the cities," Capuano said of his time in Japan. "There's a lot of attractive things about it. But in the end, if you've got a good opportunity here -- especially with the New York Yankees -- that's got to come first."
Capuano is hoping to break into the starting lineup for the Yankees. Last year, as a reliever for the Boston Red Sox, Capuano Red Sox had an ERA of 4.55 in 28 appearances.
"I think they've shown that the best five guys are going to start," Capuano said. "That's a great feeling to be able to come in and try to earn that spot and be one of those best five coming out of spring."
"Working with Larry Rothschild, I like the way he goes about it," Capuano continued. "He has a great rapport with his pitchers. He has a very intelligent way of keeping things simple for us when it comes to game plans and things that we're working on. I just really enjoyed the staff and the environment."
The projected starters for the Yankees are currently Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova when he returns in late May or June.
"I've never really worried about that too much," Capuano said about the starting rotation."For me, my focus is really on my day to day and getting myself ready to pitch, ready for a Major League season. I feel like if I'm doing the job and having success and helping the team out, then the opportunities will be there."