1. Blake says:

    I'm more concerned about the amount of innings on Price's arm. I'm for either shutting him down or moving Sonny up for a six man rotation to close out the year to limit innings on all of them, and then maybe shutting guys down when Durham guys like Talbot and Hernandez can get up here.

  2. Beth says:

    On the other hand, no worries this year about post season innings.

  3. Don says:

    Shut them down??? are they going to get paid?? What are they here for?
    What could it hurt?Do they really need to be protected, or do they need to find something thats works??Are they not going to have 5months off?
    How much time do they need off??
    For Kazmir fans....0 wins/ 2 no decisions for $1mil payroll in sept..
    seems worth it for me...he could have really helped the Rays in Sept.!?

  4. Josh says:

    I'd let them pitch...the only way to get better and improve is to keep pitching!

    But as always, monitor their health and effectiveness accordingly.

  5. Dustin says:

    I'm far from expert on this, but it's my understanding that young starters who log lots of innings tend to take awhile to bounce back. Perhaps Garza and Shields have struggled at times this year as a consequence of last year's increased work load. I don't know if that's the case, but it seems plausible. If it is, then it makes all the sense in the world to shut 'em both down, as this season is already in the toilet. Not that I'm in favor of treating professional athletes with kid gloves, but there's no sense in riding arms we'll need next year into the ground, even if it means finishing under .500 this year.

    Say the Rays do shut down Shields and Garza. Who pitches instead?


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