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Rays Spring Training Day 9: Cesar Ramos

DAY NINETodays full-squad workout featured live BPamong 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, thats the way its supposed to be. [W]e support family first all the time. Were eager to hear whats going on. I have not heard anything new. I am sure everythings going to be fine, but hes 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. Hes got good stuff. Hes got a great arm. His stuff plays all the timeIm talking fastball, slider, curveball, changehes got really good stuff. The moment he starts to feel that he belongs here more consistently and that hes more comfortable here, thats when hes 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 its a great honor to be asked to play for them, and to do it for my parents.

On his parents reaction: They couldnt believe it. Theyre excited for it. People back home, my aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins cousins, are going to be able to watch me play. Ive got a lot of family that Ive never met before down there, so itll be cool for them to see their cousin who plays here.

Source: Tampa Bay Rays Media


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