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Rays Spring Training Day 7: David Price

DAY SEVENAll 66 players have reported to camp and participated in this mornings workout, which was abbreviated due to the Rays Charity Golf Tournament this afternoonthe workout featured the first live BP of the spring, with LH David Price, RH Fernando Rodney, RH Roberto Hernandez, RH Kyle Farnsworth and RH Jeff Niemann among those who threw to hitters.

  • RH Joel Peralta (neck stiffness) threw his first bullpen of the spring.

Manager Joe Maddon

On Wil Myers tracking pitches (and not swinging) during live BP: Thats the first time Ive seen him not hit, and it was really interesting.

On seeing Enny Romero pitch in person: Hes got a great arm, a great pitchers body. Thats whats been going on the last couple of years Ive heard about him. I had a chance to speak with him in our meeting. Seems to be on the serious side. I dont know if thats just from not being comfortable with the culture and the language, Im not sure. Hes all business when hes out there, and I like it. This guy is motivated. Its definitely high-end stuff, its really interesting.

On Jeff Niemanns work today: I thought Jeff Niemann threw the ball really well. I thought he looked really sharp, free and easy. Threw the ball where he wanted too, looked really good. He stood out today.

Left-handed pitcher David Price

On the weather and first live BP: The weather is cold. It is cold here in South Florida right now. But thats the best Ive felt all spring. Its funny how that stuff goes. My body feels better today than it has the previous five or six days, however long weve been here. Its all a work in progress, but I threw strikes today, I felt good, I hit the mitt. I have no complaints after today. Everything I was trying to do I was able to accomplish on the mound with Jose [Molina] back there behind the plate. Got a lot of good feedback from the hitters, and it was a good day.

On whether he has compassion for hitters in 40-degree weather: Not one bit. They can get in the cages, they can have a friend throw to them before they come here, so I dont feel for them one bit. This is the first time weve seen hitters up at the plate. Some guys are up there gangster-hacking and some guys want to get mad at us for throwing inside. It is a little cold, and hopefully it can warm back up for the guys that are throwing tomorrow but I dont mind pitching in the cold. Its good to get those guys in the box because it re-adjusts our sights, you cant be all over the place, we have to define our craft a little bit.

Source: Tampa Bay Rays Media


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