MILWAUKEE -- Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey did not accompany the team to Milwaukee because he had to tend to a more serious matter.
Hickey's house in Kissimmee, Fla., incurred fire damage Sunday afternoon.
"Pretty much devastated his garage and the house is full of smoke and soot," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "And with all that, he had to remain back."
Hickey received the bad news just prior to the team boarding its charter for Milwaukee on Sunday night.
"So I just said, 'Look, take care of it, man,'" Maddon said. "So Stan [Boroski, assistant to the pitching coach] will be the acting pitching coach."
Maddon did not know when Hickey will rejoin the team.