Full Squad Has First Workout In Port Charlotte


PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- The message from manager Kevin Cash to his players was once again was short and to the point.

"We prided ourselves on 'let's be quick,'" Cash said Sunday.  "We got everything done and not that there was a timeline, but roughly 20 minutes."

"He's always very practical and keeps it simple and doesn't try to cloud the message," third baseman Evan Longoria said after Sunday's first full-squad workout at Charlotte Sports Park.  "We have to be able to erase 2016 and move on to 2017.  We have to win more baseball games.  We have to do that starting here in spring training and working really hard on the fundamentals because I thought that there were a lot of mistakes we made last year that were easily avoidable."

And for the first time, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier spoke to the team following the coaching staff's message.

"Just one of those things where ever since I made my debut in the big leagues in 2013 for Game 163, the play-in game versus Cleveland, we haven't had any taste of the playoffs," Kiermaier said.  "Three years is too long, and we're trying to cut that down and get back there this year."

Monday, pitchers will continue to throw live batting practice to hitters, with Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi and Blake Snell all scheduled to throw.  Players are scheduled to be out on the fields at Charlotte Sports Park at 10:30, with practice scheduled to last about three hours.

Listen to Cash and the players talk about the first full-squad day of practice.


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