Snell Says Awards Are Motivation To Improve

PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays began their scheduled workouts Wednesday at their Spring Training facility, though the weather forced most of the activity indoors.

"You'd rather a day come like this when we're really not doing too much," manager Kevin Cash said. "It was just bullpens for the most part. You don't want the rain to come when games [start], or full-squad gets out here, and we need all the fields. So it actually worked fine."

Blake Snell did not throw a bullpen session in the covered batting cages, but isn't ready to rest on the laurels of being the best pitcher in the league last year.

"Every year, I'm more motivated," the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner said Wednesday. "I feel I get more and more excited too. I feel like I gained a lot of ground last year to be excited about, but also still knowing I have a lot of work to do to get where I want to be at the end of the day. To be able to see that, feel that, it's exciting and it makes me want to get better. I feel there's still a lot of room to get better."

As for the pitchers that did throw Wednesday, Cash got a chance to see some familiar faces and some new ones as well.

"Yonny Chirinos stuck out, threw the ball really well," Cash said. "He's thrown the ball really well for us. [Tyler] Glasnow. I got to see Colin Poche pitch. A lot of talk about him in Durham last year. There were a bunch of guys and they all look good."

WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE: The Rays will hold another workout for pitchers and catchers, with more bullpen sessions being thrown.

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