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Port Charlotte report: Glove love, more live BP, no Longo for Rays

Players are always interested in checking out the new gloves,

MARC TOPKIN / TAMPA BAY TIMES

Players are always interested in checking out the new gloves,

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UPDATE, 2:16: Cash said Longoria texted this morning, said he felt sick, hadn't slept, had a fever, etc. No concern if he misses Tuesday as well.

Also, Cash said they spent time today on the mental approach to baserunning, with 1B coach Rocco Baldelli talking about being more aware of situations.

Cash also praised their work on the pop-up drill, noting Tim Beckham for taking charge while playing SS.

SS Matt Duffy, on a reduced work schedule as he recovers from heel surgery, tracked some pitches during BP and may hit with his group on Tuesday.

UPDATE, 12:30: 3B Evan Longoria missed today's workout and was not at the Port Charlotte facility, team officials saying he was sick. Longoria was in Tampa Sunday night for a season-ticket holder event at the Ducky's restaurant/bar he is part owner of.

Twenty-plus minor-leaguers started voluntary workouts today in advance of their camp formally opening March 4, and it will pay off for a couple who are likely to be used this weekend when the Rays open exhibition play, especially with a night game Friday in Fort Myers and then a home day game on Saturday.

UPDATE, 10:22: LHP Xavier Cedeno was on the first posted schedule to throw batting practice today, but instead will throw a bullpen session, part of the original plan to limit his spring workload.

DEVELOPING: The second day of full-squad workouts for the Rays started with some glove love, as reps from Wilson and Rawlings deliver gloves and show off samples to the players.

On the field, the 10:30 a.m. workout will feature fundamental work on pop-ups and then live batitng practice, with three members of the rotation, RHPs Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi and LHP Blake Snell - among those slated to throw.

The Rays have three more days of these workouts, then begin exhibition game play on Friday night in Fort Myers against the Twins.

Manager Kevin Cash has said that with the longer spring and the number of Rays players coming off injuries they plan to take it slow as far as getting some guys into games.

 

[Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2017 2:20pm]

    

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