New third baseman Sean Burroughs led his Long Beach, Calif., team to back-to-back Little League World Series championships in 1992-93, throwing a pair of 16-strikeout no-hitters to win MVP honors in 1993.
Shinji Mori, the reliever signed from Japan, faces major-league hitters for the first time with the first session of live batting practice this morning.
Manager Joe Maddon is an upbeat and positive person by nature, but he has been bubbling over the enthusiasm of the players during the first week of camp.
Though Aubrey Huff's desire to move to third base could open a spot in the outfield, it could also make it more complicated for the Rays to evaluate an already crowded field at third.
WHAT: First full-squad workout.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today
WHERE: Raymond A. Naimoli complex, 7901 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg
INFO: (727) 825-3242
HE SAID IT
"We've got a couple of man-childs around here. I thought I was in the Buccaneers lockerroom when I walked out there."
- Manager JOE MADDON, on meeting outfielders Elijah Dukes and Delmon Young.
CF Rocco Baldelli (left knee and right elbow surgeries) will be on a restricted workout program.
LF Carl Crawford (left wrist bruise) will be watched closely.
LHP Mark Hendrickson will be monitored closely for the next four to five days after straining the IT band in his right thigh.
RHP Jeff Niemann (shoulder surgery) won't start pitching until mid April.