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Live from Port Charlotte: Rain keeps Rays inside



UPDATE, 1:59: The Rays still got their work in despite the weather, manager Kevin Cash said, and it wasn't bad to have a short day.
Among the pitchers who caught eye were veteran LHP Matt Moore, and RHP Matt Andriese, who made his debut last season.

The Rays have a light day planned for Thursday, with no pitchers throwing, and then will start live batting practice on Friday's first full-squad workout.

DEVELOPING: The Rays were forced to shuffle their plans and do all work in their covered batting cages/pitching mounds due to rain and severe weather expected to come through Port Charlotte this morning.

The change won't have a severe impact on the work done as the hitters can still get their swings in and the pitchers can throw bullpens off the mounds.

Among other morning notes:

* OF Steven Souza Jr. is making progress in recovering from the intercostal muscle strain that sidelined him on Sunday, but is not expected to be ready to participate in Friday's first full-squad workout. Souza said he is feeling better and there is no timeline, but that once he feels good "we're going to wait a day or two."

* OF Desmond Jennings reported to camp and said his left knee feels good and he is excited to get back on the field. For more, see this separate post on The Heater blog.

* C Mayo Acosta and 1B/OF/DH Logan Morrison were back with the team after being sent home Tuesday due to having a fever.

* MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre visited this morning with manager Kevin Cash as part of his tour of camps, talking about upcoming changes to the pace of play and sliding into bases rules among other things. Time between innnings is expected to be shortened by about 20 seconds, Torre said, and mound visits limited to 30 seconds.

* Rays officials are still awaiting word from MLB on their planned March 20-22 trip to Cuba.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:00pm]


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