ST. PETERSBURG — RF Wil Myers got a haircut and didn't start Thursday against the Rangers, and neither was in response to his fielding gaffe in the 10th inning Wednesday night that allowed Texas to take a one-run lead on the Tampa Bay Rays.
Myers went under the clippers for what he claimed was the first time since spring training.
“I just thought I'd like to make a change,” he said.
Myers didn't start against Rangers RHP Yu Darvish, who has held right-handers to a .155 average this season. Manager Joe Maddon said that wasn't a punitive action for Myers' lack of urgency in the 10th inning when he didn't charge a single by 3B Adrian Beltre hard enough then didn't get the ball to 2B Ben Zobrist quick enough as Rangers SS Elvis Andrus scored all the way from first base.
“It wasn't a lack of effort,” Myers said. “I just wasn't aware of the situation and who was on base. I just wanted to make sure the ball didn't get by me. I should have charged it with more aggressiveness.”
Myers said several of the veteran players talked to him about the play. So did Maddon.
“They just told me to not worry about it and shake it off, but not to let it happen again,” Myers said.
Maddon said the root of the mistake was Myers not being aware of Andrus' speed.
“He's a young man. That might have been the first time he was faced with a moment like that, but when you get to this time of the year and you're playing a team with that kind of talent, it's a hard lesson to learn,” Myers said. “It would have been more difficult to learn in a loss. I want to believe we'll never see that again.”
Daily Crain update
RHP Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) threw 20 pitches Thursday afternoon in an Instructional League game in Sarasota. If he feels fine today, Crain should be cleared to finally join the bullpen.
“I'd have to imagine,” Crain said. “I feel comfortable. I threw strikes with all my pitches, which is the biggest thing to tell if I'm close to being ready or not. Ultimately, it's going to come down to what these guys want to do, also. You want them to feel comfortable with me going into a game. Obviously, that goes for me, too. I feel like as soon as I get into a game, I have to be a step above where I am.”
Price ready for change
LHP David Price heads into tonight's series opener with the Orioles 0-3 in his last four starts.
His plan for tonight:
“Get a couple more of them out and give up a couple less hits,” he said. “That's what I feel like I need to do.”
Price was 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA in five starts last September, and the Rays won all five games. This month, he is 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA in three starts, and the Rays have lost all three.
“I feel good. My body feels very good right now,” Price said. “I've had a good week of work leading up to (tonight). Baltimore is a very tough team for me. They're playing for a chance to play in October. There's a lot on the line. They're going to play hard like they always do. It's going to be a tough series for us.”
The Rays sent Class A Bowling Green LHP Matthew Spann to the Nationals as the player to be named later to complete the David DeJesus trade. ... DeJesus tied the score Wednesday with an RBI single in the 11th inning. According to Elias, it was only the second time in his 1,266 career games that he came to bat with two outs in the ninth inning or later and drove in the tying run. ... RHP Jake Odorizzi will rejoin the team tonight. Maddon said he will be used in long relief.