Rasmus arrives; nearly entire club in camp

Rasmus arrives; nearly entire club in camp

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Center fielder Colby Rasmus became the latest Blue Jays position player to report to camp in advance of Friday's mandatory deadline.

Rasmus arrived at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin late Thursday morning and made the rounds in the clubhouse to greet all of his teammates. He didn't take part in the team workout earlier in the day, but will begin his daily baseball activities on Friday.

The 25-year-old will be looking to rebound from a tumultuous 2011 season that saw him post a .225 average with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs in 129 games with St. Louis and Toronto.

Shortstop Yunel Escobar and third baseman Edwin Encarnacion are now the only two remaining players who are expected to make the Opening Day roster but have not yet reported to camp. Prospects David Cooper and Mike McDade also haven't reported, but everyone is expected to arrive in time for Friday's physicals.

Toronto manager John Farrell didn't seem remotely concerned that were still a few players who hadn't reported one day in advance of the deadline.

"Not at all," Farrell said. "The time needed for position players to get ready for the start of the season [isn't the same as pitchers]. ... The fact that we have a good number of guys report early I think is a great thing. But I think the fact that we've still got a few players to report, no. We're fully anticipating them here [Friday]."

Toronto will have a total of 65 players in camp on Friday. The group includes 34 pitchers (14 non-roster), seven catchers (four non-roster), 15 infielders (five non-roster) and nine outfielders (two non-roster).

The majority of players arrived in Florida late last week and by Tuesday, almost the entire roster was in uniform.

"There's a lot of enthusiasm in here," Farrell said. "And just hearing the conversations between players, it's all upbeat, it's all positive. It is laced with that optimism that is genuine and for right reasons, for legitimate reasons, of the talent, the youth and the athleticism and guys that are eager to get things going.

"But we've still got the appropriate days in advance of our first game that we're going to get the right amount of work in and guys will be ready to go at that time."