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Live from Port Charlotte: Busy morning



UPDATE, 12:23: Add OF Justin Ruggiano to the list of position players who reported early.

DEVELOPING: There's been a steady stream of players coming into the clubhouse at Charlotte Sports Park, headlined by David Price.

While the pitchers and catchers are supposed to be here - with workouts starting on Wednesday - several position players have also checked in today, including Dan Johnson, who is in line to take over at first base, and Reid Brignac, who is excited about inheriting the shortstop position after the trade of Jason Bartlett. Also, OF Sam Fuld, who was acquired from the Cubs and has a shot to win the reserve OF job.

Some quick hits:

* Several players have noted the absence of Carl Crawford, the longtime Ray who has signed with the Red Sox. "That kinda got me a little bit,'' starter James Shields said.

* Bench coach Dave Martinez is sporting a full bushy beard, at least for now. "Davey Crockett,'' manager Joe Maddon quipped.

* 1B coach George Hendrick is also up to his tricks, putting his outfield glove in the locker of SS Tim Beckham, who some critics have suggested may have to move to the outfield. 



[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:15am]


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