Live from Port Charlotte: Rays pitchers have short workout before tomorrow's big day
The Rays had a light day today in Port Charlotte before they prepare for tomorrow's first full-squad workout. Pitchers stretched and played catch, and catchers threw the bases. And that (aside from picture day) was pretty much it.
"This is probably the best day to get the pitchers off their feet, give their arms a blow..." manager Kevin Cash said. "Everybody threw the ball really well - very well. Very nice to see the accuracy. You don't want anybody going at 100 mph yet. It seemed like the intensity was probably 80-85 percent, and the accuracy was really good by all the catchers that threw."
One other key item on the agenda was the pitchers' meeting with pitching coach Jim Hickey.
"It's more of a message of how we like to go about our thought process as a pitching staff," Cash said. "The goals - not statistical goals - but what we're trying to accomplish and the build-up process. Things that we need to look to work on, to improve on, things that we need to maintain. It'll be a little bit of a review from last year and also going into this camp, these are some of the thought processes."
The Rays will have their annual meeting with the Major League Baseball Players Association this afternoon. Among the topics - next month's planned trip to Cuba.