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Posted Feb 20, 2007 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Feb 20, 2007 at 03:08 PM

The most popular new arrival today definitely was Jonny Gomes. He appeared to be in great shape and said he has no restrictions whatsoever with his shoulder. More from him later. Also checking in was Ben Zobrist, apparently the nicest guy on the team.

As for Gomes, Joe Maddon took one look at him and declared the first base experiment over.

“We’re going to have him work out in the outfield, primarily,” said Maddon. “Everybody talks about the first base situation but I want to see him out there [in the outfield] first. Things happen. I know we have a lot of outfielders, but Jon right now with the shape his body’s in and his arm is in that good of a shape … if he’s doing all of that, he’s an outfielder.”

Gomes made it clear that he doesn’t care where he plays. He just wants to be out there after missing more than a month at the end of last season and rehabbing all winter.

“I’m full-go,” he said. “There’s no exercise, no hitting, no throwing that I have to hold back. Right before I left [California] I was throwing the length of a soccer field and hitting live.”

One other note: The Rays have changed their schedule for intrasquad games. The first will be held Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. and the second Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. Both will take place on Field 1 at the Naimoli Complex, with admission free and open to the public.

Reader Comments

Por (Steve Liddell) on February 21, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Madden says the Goes at 1B experiment is out? What is he thinking? How many OFers can a team have? Who is going to play 1B? With these kind of thoughts combined with the blunders he pulled off last year,perhaps that at the end of this year or next,Madden will follow his ‘buddy’ Butcher out of the Rays organization.Evers should have been hired as manager anyway.

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Por (Jake Larsen) on February 21, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Um, Steve, have you ever heard of the term “Designated Hitter”?

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Por (Mark Litt) on February 22, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Ben Zobrist is the nicest guy on the team, then by all means lets stick with his
limited skills and .224 average as the starting shortstop.

Move Cantu to first, Upton at 2nd, Wiggington as the utility guy and DH Gomes. Simple.

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Por (Steve Liddell) on February 22, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Jake,I was speaking in reference to a defensive position only.Perhaps I should have clarified that.For Maddon to rule out 1B as a position for Gomes even before Spring Training gets started,is crazy.

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Por (Charles Treoger) on February 22, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Come on Mark, If you keep up with the news you would know that Zobrist had a torrid AFL campaign by going 10-for-21 in five games, including a ninth-inning homer in Phoenix’s 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Peoria Saguaros. Zobrist Hit.368 with 17 runs scored and 14 RBIs. He also has regained his patient approach at the plate, drawing 16 walks in 15 games with the Desert Dogs. Give him a fair shot

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