THE GOOD: Jon Weber. Weber had a three-run double and a three-run home run in two at bats…Ray Sadler added a two-run home run, his second of the spring…Patience. Entering yesterday’s game, the Rays had 59 strike outs and only 29 walks. The Rays were averaging 6.5 K’s and 3 walks per game. Yesterday the Rays drew 7 walks and struck out only 5 times.
THE BAD: Jason Hammel. Hammel worked 3 innings striking out 5 and walking none, but he did allow 4 runs including 2 home runs in the 7th inning to roster-fillers.
THE TELLING: Is it wrong that we gain so much pleasure from beating the Red Sox, even in the spring?…Today’s start may be the last spring appearance for Wade Davis as minor league camp opens on Tuesday and the top starting pitchers starting to be worked into the games…Jason Hammel threw 3 innings, but he did not enter the game until the 5 inning. With Wade Davis getting his last look today and the four top starting pitchers needing work this week, these three innings late in a spring game could be looked at as Hammel just “getting some work in.”
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Topkin’s second annual “Power Index” ranking the top 10 most valuable people to the organization. [St. Pete Times]
- Matt Joyce has been diagnosed with tendinitis and Andrew Friedman says it is something that has been there for a long time. The prognosis is “not serious” and Joyce is expected back on the field in the next few days. Friedman is “cautiously optimistic” and says surgery is the worst-case scenario at this point. [Rays Report]
- JP Howell pitched a scoreless 8th inning for USA in the World Baseball Classic. He allowed one walk. [MLB]
- Grant Balfour took a linedrive off his biceps from Nick Green. Balfour still threw Green out at first and never even rubbed the spot and the trainer says he is fine…No truth to the rumor that Balfour told Green to “SIT THE F#@% DOWN!!.” [Rays Plays]
- Marc Topkin says Balfour is bruised, swollen and a little tight today. [The Heater]
- BJ Upton took batting practice prior to yesterday’s game. He hit a couple of balls out despite his strength not being “all the way there yet.” [Tampa Tribune]
- Troy Percival threw another batting practice and will make his spring debut on Thursday. Dan Wheeler and Joe Nelson will make their spring debuts tomorrow and Jason Isringhausen is on schedule to make his debut next weekend. [St. Pete Times]
- Marc Lancaster looks at the Rays options when it comes to David Price, and says don’t be surprised if Price is in the minors with one of Jason Hammel and Jeff Niemann in the rotation with the other in the bullpen. [Tampa Tribune]
- Reid Brignac says he would prefer to stay at shortstop but is willing to move to another position (secondbase) if it helps him stick in the majors. Joe Maddon praised his defense and makeup. [St. Pete Times]
- The winningest manager in Rays history has been rehired by the Rays to work in player development and scouting. Bill Evers, the former bench coach and triple-A manager, was 2-0 as an interim manager during Joe Maddon’s absence in 2006. [St. Pete Times]