Don Zimmer is recovering from a small stroke suffered last month and hopes to join the Rays in spring training for what would be his 61st season in the game.
Zimmer, who turns 78 today, said Friday he is regaining the speech and mobility he lost.
"I never felt bad," he said. "I never had anything bother me except that I'm a little wobbly and I'm slow taking a step. A week and a half ago, there's no way I could talk to you.
''But I'm getting better."