When he was at his best in 2005 and '06, throwing 89 to 91 mph, Cordero would often start by throwing a ball to the opposing hitters. There were times when those hitters got ahead 3-1 in the count.
Now, Cordero is working ahead of the hitters and has yet to give up a run in four innings this season. His pitches are being clocked clocked in the low-70s to the mid-80s.
"I can't afford to fall behind now," Cordero said. "Since my velocity isn't where I want it to be, I have to keep my pitches down or keep my pitches away. So I can't really afford to fall behind. I have to go right after the guys."
Manager Manny Acta said Cordero would get his closer's job back after his next outing.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.