Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Nice Crowd For Stadium Workout
Posted Feb 23, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Feb 23, 2009 at 02:27 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE—I’d guesstimate a couple of thousand people are on hand for today’s open workout at Charlotte Sports Park as the Rays give their new stadium a test drive.
Hitters are in the midst of batting practice at the moment, and the pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions already have wrapped things up. I missed Jason Isringhausen and Troy Percival but they did throw as scheduled, with pitching coach Jim Hickey saying Isringhausen looked good.
I did see Jake McGee’s first mound session since undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer (pictured here). The lefty certainly wasn’t airing it out, but he didn’t appear to have any problems during his time on the hill.
Also throwing bullpens today were James Shields, Matt Garza and Grant Balfour, among others.
The stadium itself looks great. They have added large banners bearing photos of various Rays on the sides of some of the buildings and everything looks just about ready to roll for Wednesday’s opener against the Reds.