ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Allen joined the Rays on Saturday after he was claimed off waivers from the A's on Thursday. Normally Joe Maddon likes to get his players "wet," or into games, quickly after joining the team. But Allen has not yet been used in three games entering Wednesday night's contest against the Angels.
Maddon explained why.
"I'd love to," the Rays manager said. "It's hard right now based on what he does and what we have going on. I'm telling you, man, he's as advertised. He is one solid, A-plus human being. And I just have to try and get him out there at some point. I don't know exactly how or when it's going to work yet. I want to see it ... I can't tell you when yet, either."
Maddon was asked about where he would consider playing Allen, who is considered an outfielder/first baseman, when his time comes to play.
"I just met with the coaches and [outfield coach George Hendrick] said he liked him in the outfield," Maddon said. "He said he moved out there pretty well. I would not be afraid to do that either."