03/03/12 5:15 PM ET
Twenty-two agree to terms with Rays
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Also, pitcher Jeremy Hellickson will have his contract renewed.
This means that the Rays' entire 40-man roster is now under contract for 2012.
A few players don't make trip to face Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Carlos Pena, Sam Fuld, Evan Longoria and Luke Scott did not make the trip to play the Twins in Fort Myers on Saturday.
According to manager Joe Maddon, there is no need to be concerned about any of the group. Fuld had a right-wrist problem at the end of last season, Scott had right-shoulder surgery and Longoria got hit on his right hand this week. Meanwhile, Pena's absence could best be explained by his veteran status.
"Fuld, Scott and Carlos are just working more slowly," Maddon said. "I think that's just about it. All these guys are in pretty good shape, it's just that we are kind of taking our foot off the accelerator with them specifically. If this were the actual season, a lot of these guys would be playing already. But right now, you don't want to push it."
Longoria still had swelling in his hand on Saturday morning, but believes he'll be back in the lineup by Tuesday. Fuld and Scott will likely see action by mid week.
"[Fuld and Scott] are doing well, no setbacks," Maddon said. "[They will play] when Ronnie [Porterfield, Rays head athletic trainer] wants to take the blanket off."
Pena said he "had no idea" when he would see his first action, but he said he's ready to go.
Not taking a road trip does not translate to an off-day. Pena described what goes on once the bus leaves.
"A lot of working out and stuff," Pena said. "It's a perfect day to do my lifting, get my extra work in. Some days you're able to take advantage of [the extra time]. During Spring Training, I like to really do all the other stuff that you can't do when you have a game."
Maddon's philosophy is simple, as he stated: "I'm a fan of the slow dance, and just getting them ready on time."
Earlier in camp, Maddon said he would like to get his regulars 70 or 80 at-bats -- with the bulk of those at-bats coming at the end of spring.
"I like [Maddon's] philosophy," Pena said. "He's not one to think that you have to rush guys. That's why I think we're one of the teams that reported late. He wants us to be fresh. So I trust him."
Moore doing better, throws bullpen
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Matt Moore, who had a minor setback this week when he had some muscular pain in his lower abdominal area, appears well on his way to getting back on track.
He threw a bullpen on Saturday in Port Charlotte, under the watchful eye of pitching coach Jim Hickey.
"Everything looked fine," said Hickey -- who watched Moore, then joined the team in Fort Myers, where it played the Twins.
Hickey said Moore threw 32 pitches, all fastballs and changeups. He will throw his breaking pitches during his next bullpen -- which will likely be scheduled for Monday, if Moore feels well on Sunday.
Normally, the regimen recovering pitchers follow is two bullpens and a live batting practice before getting into a game. If that is the case with Moore, he could be pitching in a game by the end of the week.
Price impressive in inning vs. Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Price started for the Rays against the Twins on Saturday and looked sharp while striking out Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer in the first inning.
Mauer watched a 93-mph fastball for strike three, while Morneau took a 94-mph heater for the third strike. Price downplayed the strikeouts.
"It's early, you know," Price said. "They've probably had four or five at-bats this entire spring. So I don't take a whole lot out of that. Those are very, very good hitters, they're tough outs. I was fortunate to get strike three on them."
Price's only negatives came in the fact he used 26 pitches in his one-inning stint and hit the second batter he faced, Jamey Carroll, in the head. Carroll took his base and appeared to be fine.
"That's scary any time you hit somebody, especially in the head, up high," Price said. "... Hopefully, he's all right.
"Obviously, that's something you're never trying to do -- and I wasn't trying to do that. I was trying to get a ball in on him because he's on the plate. It's a battle out there, and he knows that. He knows I didn't mean to hit him."
Upton's team wins Rays' golf outing again
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- B.J. Upton maintained bragging rights inside the clubhouse, as far as golf is concerned, after being on the winning team for a second consecutive year at the Rays Charity Golf Classic at the Ritz-Carlton Members Only Golf Club in Bradenton.
Upton's Advantica team shot 20 under par to finish ahead of David Price's team consisting of a group of Rays owners, who shot 18 under to claim second place. Jim Hickey and Sun Sports took third place at 17 under.
"Shot of the day was chip in for eagle, probably 30 yards," Upton said. "I hit a little bump and run with a pitching wedge."
The event raised close to $200,000 for the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.