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Saturday report: First workout in the books



UPDATE, 6:57: Maddon said all went well, that he addressed the pitchers and catchers on the importance of taking care of the little things.

LHP David Price said his first bullpen session was "awesome,'' and RHP Grant Balfour said he accomplished what he hoped to in his. Newcomers LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Nathan Karns made their first appearances as Rays.

UPDATE, 11:57: After a speech from manager Joe Maddon and some other team officials the Rays went through their first workout apparently uneventfully.

David Price was among the pitchers throwing their first bullpens, during a session in which the Rays had lefties on all eight mounds at the Charlotte Sports Complex.

DEVELOPING: The Rays headed out at 10 for their first workout of the spring, with what looked to be 38 of the pitchers and catchers on hand.

RHPs Juan Carlos Oviedo and Juan Sandoval were not in camp, delayed in the Dominican Republic with visa issues.

RHP Joel Peralta reported, joking that with the addition of three closers - Oviedo, Heath Bell and Grant Balfour - he was worried he might be out of a job. Actually, Peralta said he welcomed the help, hoping to limits his appearances to the 60-70 range and not into the 80s.

Based on the names, Peralta said he felt the Rays had "the best" bullpen in the game.

New additions RHP Nathan Karns and LHP Erik Bedard were both in camp for the first time.

Karns, acquired this week from Washington, joked that he was looking forward to unpacking, again, after making the long drive from Nats camp in Viera to Port Charlotte. Also, that he was surprised to find out the Rays traded three guys for him.

Bedard had spent the off-season in his native Canada, waiting for an opportunity. He said the Rays became more aggressive after Jeremy Hellickson's surgery, and that he felt he pitched well at times last year for the Astros despite the overall numbers.

Veteran INF Jayson Nix was among the position players reporting early and working out on Saturday, as was INF Hak Ju Lee, who said his recovery from left knee surgery is going well, as he is running, hitting and taking ground balls.

"I feel good,'' Lee said, hopeful though not sure if he will be ready to start the season. "I'm going to try to push myself.''




Manager Joe Maddon addresses the group before Rays first workout.


Manager Joe Maddon addresses the group before Rays first workout.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:00pm]


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