Live from Port Charlotte: Day 6
UPDATE, 11:14: LHP David Price threw his batting practice session and said today was "the best I felt all spring.'' ... Top prospect OF Wil Myers stood in against Roberto Hernandez and Price but didn't swing, which was by design and he usually spend the first day of live BP tracking pitches. Cracked manager Joe Maddon, who had walked over to the field Myers was on to get his first live look: "First time I saw him not hit.'' ... Maddon said that RHP Jeff Niemann, who is competing for the fifth rotattion spot, caught his eye: "Threw the ball really well, looked really sharp, free and easy.'' ... Also, prospect LHP Enny Romero, who looked pretty close to regular season form, which is an upper 90s fastball: "It's really interesting.''
DEVELOPING: It's another cold morning here in Port Charlotte, with temps in the 40s, but the Rays took the field at 8:45 with plans for the first live batting practice session of the spring, with hitters facing pitchers rather than coaches.
Most of them anyway, as eight core veteran hitters, such as Evan Longoris, Ben Zobrist and Luke Scott, will instead hit off coaches on another field.
The workout lasts only until 10:15 as the team heads off for the annual spring charity golf tournament.
Scott, meanwhile, delivered on his promised show and tell this morning, bringing in a stuffed boar's head, the product of his first spear hunting event of the winter.