Tampa Bay Rays - PlayerWatch
OF Wil Myers, who won the AL Rookie of the Year award, had his contract renewed by the Rays, the only one of their 21 pre-arbitration players who did not agree to terms. Myers and agent Jeff Berry both said it was a non-issue, that they considered it part of the process, and that Myers was very excited for the season.
RHP Jake Odorizzi, a candidate for the fifth starter's spot, has a new toy this spring that, based on early results, could be a huge factor in his success. Odorizzi asked RHP Alex Cobb to show him how to throw the hybrid splitter-changeup Cobb calls "The Thing," and had good results in the two games he has it, although on a limited basis. "It just keeps getting more encouraging each time out," Odorizzi said after saving Wednesday's game. "Last time it was good, this time I would categorize it as really good. I'm really happy with the direction it's heading right now. I think it'll be a huge, huge plus going into the season."
Leo Nunez with the Marlins, and then an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
LHP Cesar Ramos, their long reliever the past three seasons, will get serious consideration for the fifth starter spot.
2B Ben Zobrist appears to be fully over the back soreness and tightness that caused him to
2B Ben Zobrist (sore back) missed the first week of full-squad workouts. He was back in game action in early March, and he homered on March 5.
OF Desmond Jennings reported to camp noticeably bulked up, saying he added weight (around 10 pounds, though he wouldn't say for sure) to offset what he usually loses in the spring in an effort to stay strong all season. One benefit is obviously the potential for added power, and he showed that Wednesday with a home run that went over the left-field boardwalk at the Charlotte Sports Park. "I definitely want to drive the ball more," Jennings said.