Live from Port Charlotte, Day 9
UPDATE, 2:39: The Rays had a successful day on the field but most of the chatter was about what was happening off the field, with Evan Longoria and girlfriend Jaime Edmondson having their baby, David Price explaining that while he loves his beard he didn't mean to offend the Yankees in saying he wouldn't sign there long term due to their facial hair policy, and Luke Scott having the boar's head mounted on the side of his locker.
Meanwhile, manager Joe Maddon said Kyle Farnsworth was held back from BP on Wednesday because he was "abnormally sore" but played catch today with no issues, and RHP Jeremy Hellickson shortened his batting practice session, focusing on fastball command, because he will throw another bullpen before making his exhibition debut on Feb. 27.
DEVELOPING: Today is the last full day of workouts before the exhibition season as the Rays will have a short day on Friday before the two games.
It is also the final day of "live" batting practice, as hitters faces coaches during the pre-game workouts.
Today is photo day in Port Charlotte, which usually leads to a few laughs.
And there has been no update since yesterday on the Evan Longoria baby situation. He left camp to be with girlfriend Jaime Edmondson, who was unexpectedly having labor induced about 6 weeks before her due date.