Live from Port Charlotte: Zobrist, E. Johnson in the house; Hellickson still out
Both Ben Zobrist and Elliot Johnson, two of the most versatile players on the roster, reported to camp this morning, leaving Ray Olmedo, Daniel Mayora and just-signed Joe Inglett as the only position players who haven't shown up yet in advance of Monday's first full-squad workout. RHP Juan Cruz is also still delayed by visa issues.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson remains sidelined by what the team is calling a mild strain of his right hamstring and will miss a scheduled bullpen session today. It seems clear the Rays are going to be overly cautious since it's early in the spring to make sure it doesn't become a bigger issue.
Today will be a short workout as most of the players are headed up to St. Petersburg for the FanFest. Some of the position players, such as Manny Ramirez, were in the batting cage before 8 and are already done for the day.