by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
With pitchers and catchers having their first workout of Spring Training, manager Joe Maddon didn't want to overcrowd the players' plates.
"I didn't give them the whole meal today, because the position players are coming in a couple of days," the Rays skipper said after practice. "But I did throw 'Eat Last' out at them to try and have them understand that our goal is to play the last game of the year and win it this year, just present it in a different way."
Maddon spoke to the players prior to the start of practice.
Among the pitchers throwing their first bullpens of the spring on Saturday were 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price, Alex Cobb, Grant Balfour, Jake McGee and Erik Bedard.
"No one's going max effort yet," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "Everything looked crisp, pretty much, but guys are at about 80 percent right now."
TWO PITCHERS MISSING FROM CAMP: Fourty pitchers and catchers are in Port Charlotte, but two others are still waiting to arrive.
Pitchers Juan Carlos Oviedo and Juan Sandoval remain in the Dominican Republic with visa issues. Currently, there is no timetable for their arrival in camp.
FOR SUNDAY: Half of the Rays pitchers, including starters Chris Archer and Matt Moore, will throw their first bullpen sessions of the spring Sunday. The workout will begin at Charlotte Sports Park at 9:30. Practice is free and open to the public, and expected to last around two and a half hours.