Farnsworth sharp in spring debut

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Kyle Farnsworth made his first appearance of the spring on Friday against the Phillies and he pitched a scoreless sixth, retiring all three batters he faced, with one strikeout.

"It felt good to get back out there," said Farnsworth, who has been a little behind the other relievers this spring. "Just tried to keep it nice and simple. Tried to throw strikes."

Farnsworth missed the start of last season due to elbow problems, so the Rays have been cautious with the veteran right-hander given the expanded length of this year's Spring Training.

"Everything was pain free, fluid and easy, that was the main thing," Farnsworth said.

Farnsworth went 1-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 34 appearances for the Rays last season after serving as the team's closer in 2011.

"I'm definitely going to be ready for Opening Day," Farnsworth said.

Farnsworth chuckled when told he hit 92 on the last pitch he threw.

"I'm getting there," he said.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.