ST. PETERSBURG -- Given the Rays' lack of production from everyday designated hitters over the years, they decided to not have a full-time DH this season.
Instead, they plan to move people around in that slot, occasionally giving a regular player a day off from playing the field, other times for matchup purposes.
"They've done well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Matty's done well. Forsythe has done a nice job."
Maddon added that he has enjoyed having the DH spot available when filling out the lineup on a daily basis.
"I kind of like the flexibility, I do," Maddon said. "The opposite would be if you have one really outstanding DH, then you would prefer a static component. We have not really had that around here on any kind of consistent basis. So I like the flexibility of putting different people in there. Giving guys rest. I kind of like that. [The DH spot is] wide open, totally, and the game's wide open to pinch hit for that guy."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.