{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Maddon takes steps to alleviate Rays' fatigue

Maddon takes steps to alleviate Rays' fatigue

|
Maddon takes steps to alleviate Rays' fatigue

KANSAS CITY -- As the Rays prepared for a quick business trip to face the Royals in Monday's makeup game, the biggest concern for manager Joe Maddon was the possibility of residual fatigue.

Only 21 active players made the one-game trip, as the four starting pitchers other than Jeremy Hellickson stayed home.

Evan Longoria was used as the designated hitter to get him off his feet, and Maddon gave Desmond Jennings the day off in 90-degree weather.

"It's maybe not so much the fatigue today, but the fatigue that follows," Maddon said. "You've got all these time changes and the travel component within it. If you can keep a fresh mind right now, the body will follow. It's about keeping a fresh mind."

The Rays were making a one-game trip for just the second time. In 2004, they went to New York for one game and absorbed a loss.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. Dick Kaegel contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español