Live from Port Charlotte, Day 7
UPDATE, 2:14: Manager Joe Maddon called it a good day of work, and that it was more about reinforcing concepts that introducing anything new in terms of situational hitting and bunt defense. ... Maddon said he was impressed by the easiness of Odorizzi's delivery, and also mentioned that RHP Chris Archer caught his eye.
UPDATE, 1:32: The Rays are just coming off the field in what is one of the longest sessions of the spring, finishing with work on situational hitting. ... RHP Juan Sandoval, the reliever who is blind in his right eye, was among the pitchyers who threw batting practice sessions today and did well. Also RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was acquired in the trade headlined by Wil Myers and James Shields. ... Look for RHP Roberto Hernandez to start one of the games on Saturday as the Rays have the bad draw of opening the exhibition schedule with split-squad games in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers,
DEVELOPING: Today will be one of the longer workouts of the spring for the Rays, as they take the field in Port Charlotte at 9:30 and will be out there until about 1.
The good news is that the weather has warmed up, and is much more like usual spring.
The hitters will take live batting practice again, and there should be some more action as several spent their time in the cage on Monday just tracking pitches rather than swinging.
Among the pitchers scheduled to throw today are Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and Alex Cobb.
David Price said Monday he had no compassion for the hittters and didn't seem to care much for any complaints they had.