"I still kind of feel like I'm throwing through my sink," Choate said. "The last couple of years before this one, I've gone to winter ball. I think it's made a difference when my arm gets a little more tired. And I think a little bit early, I almost feel a little fresh, if that makes sense.
"It's different when you play two or three months of offseason baseball. So I'm trying to focus a little more on my mechanics, but I definitely felt better last night. There's still a couple [of times] where I have to just basically catch myself from trying not to throw too hard, because I feel so good physically. My arm feels fresh."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was never concerned about Choate, who entered Saturday night's contest with a record of 0-1 and a 17.18 ERA.
"Some of those numbers are skewed because he was in a position that I normally would not put him in had a pitcher not gotten hurt," Maddon said.