Tuesday morning report: Zobrist closer, Archer waiting
The Rays are taking the field for what looks to be one of their longest workouts of the spring, scheduled to be on the field from 9:30-12:40.
2B Ben Zobrist continues to make progress in getting closer to joining full workouts after being sidelined by back tightness and soreness. Zobrist was to take ground balls this morning and hit in the cage, and was to be on the field with his teammates to stretch and watch the early part of the workout.
RHP Chris Archer won't throw batting practice today with the other pitchers in his group, saying he feels fine and the change is more strategic in terms of schedule. Archer said he isn't scheduled to pitch until the fifth spring game - March 4 vs. Boston - and didn't want to go a week without facing hitters.
This way, he said, he will hitters on Thursday during the workout, then get a on a normal five-day routine and pitch Tuesday.
LHP Cesar Ramos said he figured he was named the starter for the exhibition opener on Friday because he had the most service time of the scheduled pitchers, save for veteran reliever Heath Bell.