“I'm good with 200 percent,” Maddon said. “I'd much prefer that over 110 percent.”
Scott back, Duncan out: As expected, Rays DH Luke Scott (right calf strain) was activated from the disabled list. To make room, DH/1B Shelley Duncan was designated for assignment.
“There really wasn't any other choice at this time,” Maddon said.
Maddon said Scott will serve primarily as the DH, but he will try to get him some time in the field at first base or in the outfield. Maddon also said he is not afraid to use Scott in the field this weekend in Colorado if the need for a double-switch arises.
Reaction to Jason Collins: OF Sam Fuld said it was courageous for former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins to reveal he is gay.
“I think it's a big deal. But I think we'll probably see a snowball effect within a year where it probably won't be a big deal,” said Fuld, who was a freshman at Stanford when Collins was a senior.
Both Maddon and Fuld said an openly gay player would encounter little or no resistance in the Rays' clubhouse.
“It's going to be a non-issue in almost every locker room,” Maddon said. “There are going to be one or two guys who might make a stink about it, maybe. But I think overall it's going to be a non-issue as more people reveal themselves. I would want to believe within our locker room it would not make any difference whatsoever.”
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