Masahiro Tanaka is trying to take a page out of Mike Mussina's book
The Yankees righthander is adding a knuckle-curveball into his repertoire this season -- the signature pitch Mussina, who was recently elected into the Hall of Fame, had during his career.
Tanaka said he was trying to improve the movement on his curveball and ultimately landed on developing the knuckle-curve.
"I really didn't like how the previous curveball was moving, so I wanted to try something new and that's where basically I have a new curveball now," Tanaka told reporters on Tuesday.
It is not totally new, though.
The 30-year-old revealed he had actually began experimenting with it toward the end of last season and had been working on it throughout the offseason.
"It's something that I've been kind of been playing around with or trying during the latter part of the season last year," he said. "Actually, I've thrown a couple in a game towards the end of last season. So I kept working on it and working on it."
Tanaka went 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA (4.01 FIP) last season and made his Spring Training debut on Sunday, tossing three scoreless innings where he allowed just one hit and struck out two.