Shields stays strong despite heavy workload

Shields stays strong despite heavy workload

ST. PETERSBURG -- James Shields pitched 8 2/3 innings Monday night to earn his 16th win of the season and move within two outs of 250 frames for the season.

Shields said he's not concerned about the high innings total, even if the Rays manage to get into and go deep in the postseason.

"My body feels great," Shields said. "Obviously [Monday night], I went 8 2/3. This is the best I've ever felt at the end of a season. I'm ready to go. If they need me on short-days rest, I'm ready to go. On regular rest, I'm ready to go. I could pitch 50 more innings if I wanted to."

Shields, who has surpassed 200 innings the past five seasons, smiled when asked if a part of him has been going, 'Wow, so that's what 250 innings feels like.'"

"I wouldn't mind doing it year end and year out," Shields said. "I just have to keep working harder and trust that my body keeps holding up."