Thursday morning report: Price scratched from start with rain looming, Betemit reports
UPDATE: Today’s scheduled game between the Rays and the Orioles in Sarasota was canceled due to the heavy rain expected in the area.
DEVELOPING: With heavy rain in the forecast, the Rays have scratched ace LHP David Price and the other major-league pitchers from today's scheduled game in Sarasota against Baltimore and will instead have them throw in a simulated game here.
That is the most significant of several adjustments the Rays have made to their schedule due to the rainy forecast. The bus that was to leave Port Charlotte at 9:15 was pushed back to 10:30, and the position players will take batting practice here but are still scheduled to play in the game.
So at best, the Rays will get to Ed Smith Stadium around 11 and hope the rain holds off or clears out. LHP Braulio Lara is now the scheduled starter, with most of the innings to be worked by the non-roster pitchers in camp, such as Steve Geltz, Victor Mateo, Sam Runion.
The lineup includes many of the regulars, including 3B Evan Longoria:
J. Moore dh
Also, veteran INF Wilson Betemit reported to camp, saying the two-week delay in getting a visa was frustrating and unexpected. But Betemit also said he was working out regularly at the Rays academy in the Dominican Republic and could be ready to play in a game in just a few days.