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Doctors induce labor on Evan Longoria's girlfriend

LAID BACK: Rays ace David Price, left, jokes with pitching coach Jim Hickey during spring camp. Price is scheduled to make his first spring training start on Tuesday.
LAID BACK: Rays ace David Price, left, jokes with pitching coach Jim Hickey during spring camp. Price is scheduled to make his first spring training start on Tuesday.
Published Feb. 21, 2013

PORT CHARLOTTE — 3B Evan Longoria left the Rays to be with girlfriend Jaime Edmondson, who unexpectedly needed to have labor induced nearly six weeks ahead of her due date.

Edmondson posted on her Twitter account around noon Wednesday that "doctors have decided it's best for both mommy & baby to move forward w/ labor today, unexpected but we appreciate all the well wishes."

Longoria notified team officials of the situation late Tuesday and headed to South Florida, where Edmondson, whose due date for the baby girl was April 1, had been with family.

Early Wednesday, Longoria posted on his Twitter account: "Thank you everyone for your support and respect of mine and @jaimeedmondson privacy. We love all of our friends and fans. #BabyLongo"

The Rays hadn't gotten further word as of Wednesday evening.

"I'm just waiting to hear some more," manager Joe Maddon said. "Whatever he needs, whatever time he needs, he's got it. This (baseball) is on the back burner for him right now, as it should be. I'm not concerned. The biggest concern is that Jaime and the baby are good, and we'll just move from there."

PROUD TO PLAY: LHP Cesar Ramos is usually pretty low-key, but he is definitely excited to be added to the Mexican team for the World Baseball Classic that starts March 2.

Ramos, whose parents moved to the United States from Mexico, said he welcomed the opportunity.

"It's kind of a great honor to be asked to play for them, and to do it for my parents, also," Ramos said. "They couldn't believe it. They're excited for it. People back home (in Mexico), my aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins' cousins are going to be able to watch me play. I have a lot of family I've never met before down there, so it will be kind of cool to see who their cousin who plays here is."

Ramos will head to Phoenix on March 3 for a brief camp with Fernando Valenzuela as his pitching coach, before the March 8 opener vs. the U.S. team.

Three other Rays are scheduled to participate: RHP Fernando Rodney for the Dominican Republic, C Jose Molina for Puerto Rico and INF/OF Ben Zobrist for the U.S.

BACKING OFF: RHP Kyle Farnsworth skipped throwing batting practice Wednesday, a move both he and the team say was not due to any signs or concerns of injury but was preventative and designed to slow his pace given the extended spring.

"There's nothing wrong at all," Farnsworth said. "There's no reason to rush anything since we're here for two months. Everything's good."

Farnsworth missed half of last season with an elbow injury diagnosed at the end of the spring.

SORE, LIKE NORMAL: LHP David Price said he felt the "normal soreness" after throwing another sharp batting practice, a dose of "reality" after feeling so good Monday. "It's good because I know it's there," Price said. "You go through this every spring training where you have (that) week or two weeks where you're like, 'Geez, what's going on with everything right now?' "Price will make his spring debut Tuesday.

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PITCHING IN: RHP Roberto Hernandez, sharp again Wednesday throwing batting practice, will start Saturday's home spring opener vs. Pittsburgh, and LHP Enny Romero, an impressive prospect, the game vs. Boston at Fort Myers. RHP Chris Archer starts Sunday, RHP Alex Cobb Monday. … Prospect RHP Alex Colome caught Maddon's eye.

MISCELLANY: With two openers Saturday, the Rays will skip their usual day-before intrasquad game and have a short workout Friday. … Dave Wills, who reported to camp Wednesday, and Andy Freed host 620-AM's Countdown to Opening Day radio show from 7-8 tonight at St. Petersburg's Hotel Indigo (234 Third Ave. N). … Ben and Julianna Zobrist are doing a free show at 7 tonight at St. Petersburg's First United Methodist Church (212 Third St. N). … Today is photo day.


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