Rays DH Jose Martinez (left) chats with outfielder Manuel Margot before taking batting practice at Charlotte Sports Park Sunday. (Photo: Steve Carney/953WDAE.com)
PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- The number of stragglers still yet to report to Spring Training was cut nearly in half Sunday, as infielders Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe and outfielders Austin Meadows and Ryan LaMarre all reported to Charlotte Sports Park.
Both Lowe and Meadows are coming off years that saw them make the All-Star Game roster for the first time. Lowe missed the game, and a large chunk of the second half of the season, after suffering a bone bruise followed by a strained quad muscle. He said that's just how the game ensures you stay humble.
"It gives you a little bit of confidence, but baseball is a humbling game," Lowe admitted. "Every time I’ve gotten uber-confident anything, it’s come back and smacked me down real quick. I’m not going in with any arrogance, I’m just going to go out with same attitude I’ve always had to prove that I belong and do what I can do to help team win."
Photo: Steve Carney (953WDAE.com)
Meadows has a whole new mindset coming into the 2020 season.
"It’s a lot different," Meadows said. "Being able to do what I did last year and solidify my role on the team. This year I’m just going to build off it. Just being comfortable coming into camp and having a good time with the guys. I’ve already met all the new faces. We have a good group of guys and we’re looking forward to it."
Just five players have yet to report to the team's facility, but all are expected to arrive Monday for report day: first baseman Ji-Man Choi, third baseman Yandy Diaz, shortstop Lucius Fox, first baseman Nate Lowe, and outfielder Randy Arozarena.
Listen to comments from Lowe, Meadows, Wendle, and manager Kevin Cash below!