Tampa Bay Devil Rays Spring Training Notes

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays' camp is without Manager Lou Piniella, who is tending to his hospitalized father.

Bench Coach John McLaren says he hasn't talked to Piniella "so hopefully no news is good news." McLaren says the team will continue with the usual routine. "We know what he expects and we go through our usual routines," says McLaren.

McLaren added at this point with the players, "Everything's real good."

All 39 pitchers and catchers invited to camp are in camp. Pitchers are working hard according to Pitching Coach Chuck Hernandez.

"Everybody threw better today. [Pitcher's] will throw on the side one more time, then BP will start Thursday. We've got a lot of work to do. We've got a lot of potential, but potential is one thing, getting it done is another. We've got a lot of hard work in front of us but we are excited about the possibilities and potential with a lot of these young boys."

Before he left to be with his father, Piniella was asked about former Biscuit Scott Kazmir's chances of making the team. "I think his chances are quite good. He's obviously one of a group of young pitchers here competing for a spot. Last year he got a taste in September, and I thought he competed very well."

OF Joey Gathright and SS B.J. Upton are among 13 position players who have already reported to camp and worked out.

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