10/28/08 4:11 PM ET
Rays given choice of optional workout
With unexpected day off, Maddon's club catches up on rest
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Staying at a hotel in Wilmington, Del., 26 miles from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Maddon and his charges tended to more mundane matters on a rainy day that did not allow for resumption of Game 5 of the Fall Classic.
Following a teleconference with reporters, Maddon planned to visit family in Philadelphia. One of the team's coaches, meanwhile, had to make a run to procure dry clothes for his kids following the cold, wet night at the ballpark on Monday. No doubt, some players had similar issues to deal with, but if they wanted to get a workout, they were given the chance.
"There's a bus, optional, to go out [to Citizens Bank Park] for anybody that felt they needed treatment or anybody that wanted to throw or hit in the cage," Maddon said. "But my guess is there's going to be [a] very small turnout, if at all. I'm fine with that. Tomorrow we'll get out in plenty of time to do all the things that we need to do to play the game.
GAME 5 SUSPENSION
|Commissioner Selig cited rule 4.12(a)(6) in explaining the suspension of Game 5. According to the rule, enacted for the 2007 season, any official game halted with the score tied "shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date."
In this scenario, rule 4.12(c) for suspended games is enacted: "A suspended game shall be resumed at the exact point of suspension of the original game. The completion of a suspended game is a continuation of the original game. The lineup and batting order of both teams shall be exactly the same as the lineup and batting order at the moment of suspension, subject to the rules governing substitution. Any player may be replaced by a player who had not been in the game prior to the suspension. No player removed before the suspension may be returned to the lineup."
Prior to 1980, a game called due to inclement weather would have reverted back to the beginning of the inning, with the Phillies leading, 2-1, since Philadelphia did not bat in the bottom of the inning. In 1980, the "reverting back" was discontinued and the game was henceforth declared a suspended game. Rule 4.12(a)(6) was added after the 2006 season so that any game suspended after becoming official would be declared a suspended game. Therefore, Game 5 will resume with the score tied at 2.
"Just getting your rest right now to me is about as important as anything. I know I've been sleeping like a bear right now myself, just trying to catch up. In regards to our guys, they haven't forgotten how to hit, throw, run, etc. So if they want to get out there and do it, that's fine. If they don't, they don't have to."
Maddon said he was not aware of any injuries resulting from Monday night's game, played in cold, wet conditions on a slick field.
Following the suspension of the game on Monday, the Rays packed up and boarded a bus for Wilmington, just southwest of Philadelphia on Interstate 95. Some of their gear had to be removed from a plane that was supposed to head to St. Petersburg, but Maddon said everything made it to the hotel in time for the team.
So now he and his staff begin planning for Game 5's resumption, set for Wednesday night at 8:37 p.m. ET.
Maddon did not give anything away about how he would proceed with his bullpen in the 3 1/2 remaining innings, and neither did he comment extensively on the impact of the delay on his starting pitching. He indicated, however, that few if any of his team's plans would change regardless of when the World Series gets going again.
"I don't think so," he said. "The lineups are still set up the same. My first impulse is I would say, 'No, I don't think so.' We're not going to use starters in the bullpen. We're very comfortable with our relief pitchers. They've been doing it. ... So I just think it's delayed strategy as opposed to changing."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.