Felix Pie and Adam Jones have reported to camp, joining the pitchers and catchers who are required to be here.
Pie missed the last nine games after straining his left quadriceps muscle, and the healing process has been painfully slow.
He’s been in Sarasota for 1 1/2 months and finally is able to run sprints.
“My leg is completely better,” he said. “It took me like five months to be ready. Every time I’d start to run, it hurt, but it doesn’t hurt anymore.
“I’m ready to do my thing.”
The media was dismissed from the clubhouse again so manager Dave Trembley could hold his first meeting.
We’ve spent most of our time in the trailer, though a few of us took a brief tour of the back fields as fans gathered to watch the first practice.
It’s been a long wait. Those fields remain empty.