02/21/2013 3:20 PM ET
Cobb heads into season with rotation spot locked down
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Even though it's early in camp, Rays manager Joe Maddon has already earmarked Alex Cobb for a spot in the starting rotation.
Cobb began the 2012 season at Triple-A Durham, but spent the final four and a half months with the Rays, going 11-9 with a 4.03 ERA in 23 starts for the Rays.
Cobb noted that his spot this spring will afford him the chance to work on things he needs to improve upon.
"I'm not trying to get out there and show off all my stuff right away," Cobb said. "I'm trying to do the little things that are going to help me throughout the course of the year. It's not like I'm in stone in that position, either, there's plenty of good arms all over the place. I still have to take care of my business. If I don't, then I'll be removed pretty quickly, but it is a little bit of a weight off to go out there and know that you have a potential spot and it's in your hands to keep that spot."
Price not interested in joining Yanks, shaving beard
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- David Price could become a free agent in three years or he could potentially be traded by the Rays, but given those possibilities, the Rays left-hander recently told FoxSports.com that he would never be interested in becoming a member of the Yankees due to the team's policy regarding facial hair and the fact he has a beard.
Rays manager Joe Maddon chuckled when asked if he thought the prospect of allowing Price to keep his beard would enhance the Rays' chances of keeping the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner in the organization.
"Beards, earrings, tattoos, we like it all," Maddon said. "We definitely promote individuality around here. I'm all for that. When it comes down to attempting to coax or elicit discipline from forced behavior, I'm not into that whatsoever."
Longoria misses camp after birth of daughter
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Evan Longoria was not in camp on Thursday for the second consecutive day due to the birth of his daughter.
According to Maddon, the baby daughter of Longoria and his girlfriend, Jaime Edmondson, was born Wednesday night, which Maddon discovered by random chance after sending Longoria a text message that night.
"I texted him right about the time of birth, almost," Maddon said. "I just wanted to know that he was well and obviously she was well and the baby was well and everything was fine. And that's all I wrote. I didn't say when you need to be back. I didn't ask him when he was going to be back. I just told him to take care of what you need to do and let us know."
No official announcement was made about the birth. Maddon told reporters he did not know when Longoria would be back in camp.
The due date for Longoria's and Edmondson's baby had been April 1, but labor for the birth was induced Wednesday.
Split-finger tweaks may have landed Farnsworth on DL in 2012
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- After serving as the Rays closer in 2011, Kyle Farnsworth began the '12 season on the disabled list after suffering a right elbow strain during Spring Training.
The veteran right-hander missed 77 games before being activated on June 30, posting a 1-6 mark with a 4.00 ERA in 34 appearances.
Looking back to what happened, Farnsworth, 36, believes the problem stemmed from tinkering with the split-finger fastball.
"I think it was just throwing the splitty," Farnsworth said. "I know early in my career I'd throw the splitty and it would give my elbow little aches here and there. Every time I'd try to throw it, it would do the same thing."
Farnsworth noted that not all pitchers can throw the pitch, and he offered his opinion about why the pitch can irritate a pitcher's arm.
"I think when you spread your fingers apart, it puts more pressure on your elbow ligament," Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth, who is known for being a physical specimen, said he has made adjustments in his regimen over the years.
"I used to work out super hard back in the day," Farnsworth said. "Now, I don't work out as hard. The older you get, the more you have to adjust to let your body recover. You want to be loose, too."
Wright hopes to break non-postseason streak with Rays
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Non-roster invitee Jamey Wright is a 17-year Major League veteran who has never reached the postseason.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the right-hander is the only active player with at least 17 years in the Majors and no postseason appearances. The last two players to play this long without a postseason are infielder Damion Easley (17 years, 1992-2008) and right-hander Danny Darwin (21, 1978-98).
Should Wright break camp with the Rays, it would mark the sixth straight season he came to camp as a non-roster invitee and made the Opening Day roster.
Torres to play in Classic for Venezuela
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Left-hander Alex Torres has been added to the Venezuelan roster for the World Baseball Classic.
Torres, 25, came to the Rays in the 2009 deal that sent Scott Kazmir to the Angels. He went 3-7 with a 7.30 ERA in 26 appearances (14 starts) for Triple-A Durham in 2012.
He is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four career appearances with the Rays. All of those appearances came in 2011.
Torres is the fifth Rays player to be participating in the Classic, joining catcher Jose Molina (Puerto Rico), outfielder/infielder Ben Zobrist (United States), left-handed reliever Cesar Ramos and closer Fernando Rodney (Dominican Republic).
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.