ST. PETERSBURG — Entering Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Tampa Bay Rays had won 10 of their last 11 games and are 19-5 since June 28. Maybe a coincidence, but if winning to keep David Price around was a goal, it was the extra motivation a struggling ballclub needed at the time.
“It may,” Maddon said. “I can’t deny that. I know that I normally have a meeting with the team at the All-Star break, but I didn’t do that. I had it about a month before the All-Star break and I told them there would be no meeting at the All-Star break, which there wasn’t. We talked about a lot of things and really challenged them to do something that’s never been done before, come back from that deficit, and eventually get into the playoffs.”
Price said the contrary.
“I don’t think so, I don’t think anyone in this clubhouse wants me to leave but I don’t think we’ve been going out playing games with the mind-set that we need to win so I can stay,” Price said. “It’s the last thing I want these guys doing, and I know we haven’t been doing that because if you do that you apply way more pressure on yourself when you do that and you just don’t get good results. The way we’ve been playing baseball over the three, four, five weeks I can definitely say we haven’t been thinking like that.”
Myers, DeJesus update
Outfielders Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) and David DeJesus (left hand fracture) are preparing to begin rehabilitation. Myers was placed on the 60-day DL on July 18 while DeJesus was placed on the 15-day DL on June 19. On Tuesday, Myers was on the field prior to the game, catching some balls in the outfield. He said he will learn of his rehabilitation schedule Friday and begin taking batting practice Saturday.
DeJesus said he didn’t have a time table to begin swinging a bat.
“We’re going to start in the pool, things like that, and then we’ll progress,” he said.
RHP Brad Boxberger and LHP Jake McGee have worked a scoreless eighth the ninth inning in three of the team’s last five games. ... Boxberger has made 13 straight scoreless appearances dating to June 29.