Rays Spring Training — Day 3 of Pitcher/Catcher Workouts
Updated 1:20 p.m. Logan Morrison arrived in camp today, meaning 62 of 64 players have arrived. Morrison says he feels ready to go after wrist surgery this off-season.
Morrison, who played well from mid-May on, was happy to return, and while it wasn’t a successful 2016 season for the Rays, he says the clubhouse atmosphere was good throughout the highs and lows. Morrison explained how he ended up re-signing:
Brad Miller arrived late yesterday, and did his first on-field work, taking ground balls at second base and shortstop. Miller was asked about potentially playing some second, after being at shortstop and then first base last year.
After today’s workout, Kevin Cash was asked about Morrison’s return, and his value in the clubhouse:
The two players with the most service time in camp, Evan Longoria and Rickie Weeks, have yet to report. Longoria is expected on Friday in advance of Sunday’s full-squad workout.
On the injury front, Cash said that Jose De Leon, who missed Wednesday’s bullpen session due to back tightness, played catch on Thursday and it went well. He could throw a bullpen on Friday. Meanwhile, Erasmo Ramirez, who tweaked his left hamstring on Tuesday during fielding drills, is also improving and could throw a pen on Friday as well.
In addition, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Rays are close to adding pitcher Tommy Hunter on a minor league deal. The Rays were close to landing Hunter last year before he ended up signing with Cleveland.
Today only 11 pitchers threw bullpens. Many pitchers in camp are throwing every third day early on because it’s an extra long spring training due to the World Baseball Classic.
Tonight is the next Countdown to Opening Day show with Kevin Cash and Alex Cobb. Dave and Andy will host the program on 620 WDAE and the Rays Radio Network from 7–8 p.m.