Gameday report: Rays vs. Jays and at Pirates
UPDATE, 10:48: Willy Aybar (sprained left wrist) is set for his first action of the spring today at DH, then likely will get Friday off and play some at third base on Saturday, manager Joe Maddon said. Also, Hank Blalock is likely to make his Rays debut on Saturday at first. ... RHP Rafael Soriano, the high-priced closer who was the Rays' main off-season addition, will throw his first live batting practice session this morning on a minor-league field. The Rays and Soriano hatched a plan in which he will make only 6-8 appearances in spring games in an effort, Maddon said, "to save his bullets." ... OF Desmond Jennings is pretty much done in major-league camp because by the time he recovers from the sprained left wrist he'd likely have been optioned out anyway.
8:17: LHP David Price said his right hand, bruised on Wednesday when he was struck by a bat shard in a scary incident, feels fine today. Price hadn't removed the bandage or seen the trainers yet, but said he had no discomfort or limitations. "I'm good," Price said. "My thumb motion feels fine. I think it's fine. Yesterday I was just real sore from all the stuff they did to it, they put on that numbing stuff. But I played video games last night, I shot pool.''
8:03: Here are the lineups posted in the clubhouse this morning:
Rays vs. Jays in Port Charlotte
Rays vs. Pirates in Bradenton
D. Johnson 1b
E. Johnson 3b
7:57: The Rays have two games today, with one squad at home against the Jays and another on the road in Bradenton. But the biggest issue may be beating the weather as it's already dark and threatening here in Port Charlotte.