Pitchers study up on the mental game

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A new wrinkle in spring training this year is a “mental skills” class for pitchers that takes place between 8:30 and 9 each morning, or at least the first two days of camp.

Wouldn’t you just love to see who’s sleeping in the back of the class, showing up late, or raising his hand on every question?

Here were the guys throwing bullpen sessions Wednesday, by group:

-- Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, Jon Lester, Rubby De La Rosa
-- Alfredo Aceves, John Lackey, Franklin Morales, Steven Wright
-- Drake Britton, Chris Hernandez, Allen Webster

More position players showed up Wednesday, including Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew and Pedro Ciriaco, meaning every player on the 40-man roster is present and accounted for.