Rays Spring Training Feb. 24

Kevin Cash continues to look at ease in his new position as manager of the Rays.

Among some of his thoughts Tuesday:

–He doesn’t relish the idea of starting the season without Jake McGee in the bullpen, but he likes the pitchers the Rays have to fill in during McGee’s absence. When asked if Grant Balfour might re-claim the closing role, he answered: “I don’t see why not. He’s very motivated.”

–Cash called Curt Casali and Bobby Wilson — the candidates to win the backup catcher’s job — two quality individuals. He also commented about Casali: “He’s huge.”

–Evan Longoria reported Tuesday, prompting conversation about how the teams he played for planned for facing the Rays. Cash said their plan was always the same — and he forecast it will be the plan of opposing teams this season: “Don’t let Evan Longoria beat you.”

–Cash reported there is no news on right-handers Alex Colome and Ronald Belisaro, who are experiencing visa issues.

–Bill Chastain

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