Port Charlotte report: Pitchers will take it slow to start
The Rays have their third workout of the spring this morning in Port Charlotte, and a chance in the schedule will be noticeable.
Given that camps opened earlier (due to the World Baseball Classic) and last a bit longer this year, the Rays will have some of their pitchers - starters and veteran relievers - on a less intense throwing schedule, where they take an extra day or two between bullpen sessions rather than stick to an every-other-day schedule.
For example, RHPs Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi threw on Tuesday and would typically be in line to do so again today, but will not. Younger pitchers such as RHP Ryan Garton and minor-leaguers such as Jake Faria will be on the standard schedule.
Even though today's 10:30 a.m. workout is for pitchers and catchers, 20 of the 23 position players have already reported and most will be around as well. 3B Evan Longoria, 1B Logan Morrison and DH/1B/OF Rickie Weeks are all expected by Saturday's reporting date.