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Rain forces Rays workout inside

Rays pitchers Alex Cobb, left, and Chase Whitley walk to the batting cage after wet weather cancels on-field work.
Rays pitchers Alex Cobb, left, and Chase Whitley walk to the batting cage after wet weather cancels on-field work.
Published Feb. 23, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE — How do you move 65 players through the lone indoor facility on a rainy spring training morning? Easy. Pitchers first, then the hitters.

"It was pretty seamless," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Rain forced Wednesday's work indoors. The pitchers scheduled to throw live batting practice threw bullpen sessions in the batting cage. The hitters who wanted to hit waited until the cages were open to take their cuts.

Cash said most hitters just hit off a tee.

The players sat through a Players Association meeting that lasted a little more than two hours before heading for the indoor cages.

"Actually, if it was going to rain it was the perfect day to rain," Cash said. "A good day just to kind of back off a little bit."

Feeling better

3B Evan Longoria was back in camp, having missed two days of workouts because he felt feverish and achy.

"(Tuesday) night was a sweat bucket," Longoria said, "but I finally got it out of my system."

Manager Kevin Cash said he would meet with Longoria to decide when the third baseman would make his Grapefruit League debut.

"He hasn't missed anything other than his body getting out on the field and running around and stuff like that," Cash said.

Spring things

. Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, was scheduled to be in camp today to discuss rule changes with manager Kevin Cash and the coaching staff.

. Brad Miller will likely make his debut as a second baseman Friday night in Fort Myers against the Twins. LF Corey Dickerson is also scheduled to make the trip.

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