BRADENTON, Fla. — Tyler Chatwood does not have to be here. He also did not have to subject himself to shoulder surgery last summer.
The 33-year-old right-hander has almost 11 years of major league service time. His career earnings exceed $48 million.
Yet Chatwood is in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ spring training camp as a non-roster player. He is trying to win a spot in the bullpen following an aborted stint in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball last season.
So why does Chatwood continue to play? He has two big reasons.