Second baseman Jorge Cantu is in a World Baseball Classic commercial running on ESPN. He made others running in Mexico in which his face is painted with his national flag. "People are starting to know baseball in Mexico, so success is very important," he said. "For me, this means a lot."
Leftfielder Carl Crawford, rehabbing from a bone bruise in his left wrist, might take his first batting practice of the spring.
Rocco Baldelli stung the ball pretty good for someone who hasn't seen live major-league pitching since October 2004. Think that's not a big deal? Spectators whispered the centerfielder was in the batting cage when he stepped to the plate.
All the communication between players and coaches is fine but with meetings on the front and back end of practice, Wednesday's workout lasted more than four hours.
HE SAID IT
"Joe's an awesome speaker. He really gets you motivated. he gets everybody interested and everybody excited to play. Just his tone of voice is very positive." - reliever CHAD ORVELLA on manager JOE MADDON.
The Rays continue to insist Marc Hendrickson's right hip injury is not serious. But considering the starting pitcher is not allowed to run, it is something to keep watching.