Warthen on K-Rod as tutor

February, 25, 2011
2/25/11
12:35
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Dan Warthen said he asked Francisco Rodriguez to help with Rule 5 pick Pedro Beato's delivery, and the closer obliged on Friday morning.

"I asked him to do that," Warthen said. "I expect that from [Johan] Santana, K-Rod -- especially with the Latin guys. I encourage these guys talking to each other."

As for the technical aspect of Friday's lesson, Warthen added: "Stride length. Straighten out his front leg. He kind of has this 'open' gait and never utilizes his height and his length."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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