Rays do a run-through on stadium field
UPDATE, 5:01: The Rays provided the full list of scheduled pitchers for the first three exhibitions, and there aren't a lot of familiar names on there for a reason as pitching coach Jim Hickey said the returning relievers will be on the same schedule as the starters, meaning they won't appear in a game until around March 6-7. The sole exception is LHP J.P. Howell, who will pitch Wednesday and Saturday before leaving to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
Also, the Rays will have their annual meeting with players union boss Don Fehr and other officials on Wednesday morning, so they likely won't take batting practice on the stadium field before the exhibition opener.
Here are the pitching lists:
Wednesday, vs. Reds
Rays: Carlos Hernandez, Jason Hammel, Randy Choate, Lance Cormier, J.P. Howell, Neal Frontz, Mitch Talbot
Reds: Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey
Thursday, at Yankees
Rays: Wade Davis, Winston Abreu, Calvin Medlock, Chad Orvella, Dale Thayer, Julio DePaula
Yankees: Phil Hughes, Phil Coke, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Jonathan Albaladejo, Mark Melancon
Friday, vs. Red Sox
Rays: Jeff Niemann, Jason Childers, Jason Cromer, James Houser, Derek Rodriguez, Brian Shouse
Red Sox: Michael Bowden
UPDATE, 1:55: Quick post-practice rundown - Veteran RHPs Jason Isringhausen and Troy Percival both threw well in their bullpen sessions, and manager Joe Maddon sounded impressed with his first look at Isringhausen; LHP Jake McGee said his first post-Tommy John surgery bullpen session went well as well; the Rays estimated the crowd for the open house at about 3,000, and Maddon said it was obvious how much energy they created for the players; Carlos Pena said he had yet to hear anything new about his assests that were frozen as part of the Stanford Financial investigation.
UPDATE, 11:30: Impressive turnout by the Port Charlotte locals, with probably at least a couple thousand checking out the new stadium and watching the workout. Here's one view from the new press box.
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The Rays are headed out to the stadium field for today's workout, giving them a chance to sample the new facility and area fans a chance to watch them during an open house event.
Troy Percival and Jason Isringhausen are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today.