Camp is Open

Smiles permeated the Rays’ clubhouse Monday morning.  Pitchers and catchers reported, bringing together a close group for the beginning of what they hope will be a special season.

Count J.P. Howell among those with the broadest grins.  Howell, who returned from shoulder surgery with mixed results last season, now feels like he’s on even ground with his teammates since he’s not having to follow any special routines like the ones he followed during his rehab.

Howell’s enthusiasm is infections.  When someone pointed out that the fact that his beard is now longer than his hair, the left-hander responded: “Reverse the curse.”

Howell feels confident about the coming season and that confidence can definitely go a long way for the Rays.

–Bill Chastain

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