Rays Spring Training, Thursday Feb. 26
Infielder Eugenio Velez reported to camp on Thursday, bringing the camp total to 61 of 63 players overall, and 37 of 38 pitchers and catchers. Only right-hander Alex Colome (visa issues) and outfielder Boog Powell have yet to report.
Right-handers Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Ernesto Frieri were among those who threw bullpens Thursday. Manager Kevin Cash was particularly impressed with how Archer looked. When asked about throwing so well so early, Archer credited his offseason training regimen.
“I’ve paced myself well because I realized what it feels like to throw 192 innings and make 32 starts,” Archer said. “In September, I had success but the body was tired. So I just paced myself better in the offseason. I feel really good now.”
While Cash singled out Archer, he noted that he has been impressed by all of the pitchers in camp thus far.
“Not to be bland, they all look in very good shape and crisp with their bullpens,” Cash said.
When a reporter asked Cash if he did not intend to be bland this season, Cash offered a chuckle: “No, I’m going to be bland.”