UPDATE, 9:49: Cash said having Faria pitch in the sim game wasn't to avoid facing the Red Sox, whom Rays face in the season opening series, but to let him work "in a controlled environment" on his tempo.
UPDATE, 9:37: The Rays made their first "cut" of the spring, reassigning INF Grant Kay to minor-league camp. Kay had been limited by a sore shoulder. He spent most of last season at Double-A Montgomery.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are back in action today in Port Charlotte, and have two of their previously injured infielders, Matt Duffy (back) and Adeiny Hechavarria (hamstring) back in action..
The other, Brad Miller, will play in the 10 a.m. simulated game. He has not played since the Feb. 23 spring opener due to the impact of a broken right pinky toe.
Also in the "simulated" game – think batting practice meets controlled scrimmage – this morning, will be RHP Jake Faria throwing and newcomer Carlos Gomez scheduled to hit. Also throwing are RHPs Jake Faria, Ryne Stanek, Jaime Schultz and LHP Jonny Venters.
Here is the Rays lineup:
And here is the Red Sox lineup, with several of their big-name players: