Rays open camp under rays
UPDATE, 2:02: Sunday's workout was mandatory for the 38 pitchers and catchers, but an awful lot of position players were at the complex at some point throughout the morning and early afternoon even though they don't have to be on the field until Wednesday. By one count, only eight of the 23 players have not yet checked in - Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Ray Olmedo, Chris Nowak, Morgan Ensberg, Jon Weber, Ben Zobrist (who recently became a dad) and Akinori Iwamura, who remains in Japan preparing for the World Baseball Classic.
Infielder Willy Aybar was here and underwent his physical exam; once all results are back in the next day or so, the Rays will finalize his new contract, for two years plus a 2011 option.
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Looking for an omen? As the Rays opened spring training this afternoon in Port Charlotte, the morning long clouds and drizzle cleared and there was bright sunshine.
All 38 invited pitchers and catchers looked to be present, as manager Joe Maddon and other team officials addressed the squad. They then launched into the first stretching session of the spring, followed by other drills.
A crowd of several hundred fans and curious onlookers were waiting for the gates to open.