Rays Spring Training Day 9: Cesar Ramos

DAY NINE—Today’s full-squad workout featured live BP…among those who threw to hitters were LH David Price, RH Roberto Hernandez, RH Fernando Rodney and RH Jeff Niemann.

Manager Joe Maddon
On Evan Longoria leaving camp: “Listen, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. … [W]e support family first all the time. We’re eager to hear what’s going on. I have not heard anything new. I am sure everything’s going to be fine, but he’s got to take care of that first. … [T]here are certain things that supersede or are much more important than what we do on the baseball field and this is one of them.”

On Cesar Ramos so far in camp: “Just a lot calmer and more confident. He’s got good stuff. He’s got a great arm. His stuff plays all the time—I’m talking fastball, slider, curveball, change—he’s got really good stuff. The moment he starts to feel that he belongs here more consistently and that he’s more comfortable here, that’s when he’s going to really take off, because he has very good abilities as a pitcher.”

Left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos
On making the Mexico team for the WBC: “I found out just after the rosters got announced on TV. I got a call from Adrian [Gonzalez], and spoke to Adrian about it, and told him I was interested and it would be an honor to represent Mexico, not only for me, but for my family. Both of my parents are from there, so it’s a great honor to be asked to play for them, and to do it for my parents.”

On his parents’ reaction: “They couldn’t believe it. They’re excited for it. People back home, my aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins’ cousins, are going to be able to watch me play. I’ve got a lot of family that I’ve never met before down there, so it’ll be cool for them to see their cousin who plays here.”

Source: Tampa Bay Rays Media