Meadows was one of more than a dozen players present for informal workouts at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "It was good to see new faces," Meadows said. "It's been a while since we've got to see each other and hang out and be on a routine. So today was good to have that little change of scenery." The star outfielder jumped right back into action in what was the first opportunity for Rays players to work out together in more than two months. Players were allowed to play catch, run, use free weights in a makeshift gym and also complete plyometric jumps and other exercises during Monday's session, which was conducted in groups of two. While Meadows and his teammates did not have access to amenities such as batting cages, bullpen mounds or the full weight room, Topkin notes those areas may be accessible as early as next week.
Meadows is in line to serve as the Rays' primary leadoff man against right-handed pitching to begin the season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The speedy outfielder made all 11 of his starts during Grapefruit League play out of the leadoff spot, slashing .143/.250/.250 with 10 strikeouts in 28 at-bats. That poor small sample won't dissuade manager Kevin Cash from proceeding with Meadows as his primary table-setting option once the season gets underway, as the 24-year-old boasts the combination of speed, on-base skills and power that makes him a solid fit atop the lineup. Expect the lefty-hitting Meadows to slide down in the lineup versus southpaws, with Yandy Diaz expected to fill the short side of the leadoff platoon.
Meadows (personal) is in the lineup for Tuesday's spring game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Meadows was scratched from Monday's lineup with a brush fire threatening his spring training home, but he will resume playing just one day later. Meadows will man left field and hit leadoff in the Rays' batting order.
Meadows was scratched from the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox due to personal reasons, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Per Josh Tolentino of The Athletic, Meadows had to rush to his spring training home to save his belongings from an encroaching brush fire. While that's undoubtedly a stressful situation for the outfielder, his buildup for Opening Day shouldn't be significantly impacted. Manuel Margot replaced him in left field for Monday's contest.
Meadows is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. Meadows receives a well-deserved day off after starting the last 21 games and posting a 1.153 OPS with eight homers in that stretch. Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier and Avisail Garcia will start from left to right in the outfield Sunday.