On July 16, the Rays were set to open the second-half in Replica Yankee Stadium. Sean Rodriguez missed the game because a faulty splrinkler system flooded his condo the day before. He was then scheduled to take a flight on Friday and arrive in time for the game, but a mix-up caused Rodriguez to miss his flight.
Since then, Rodriguez has seen his playing time plummet. Prior to the All-Star break, Rodriguez had started 18 straight games. Since the second-half began, he has only started 3 of the Rays’ 12 games.
Of course, Rodriguez’ lack of playing time also coincides with a red-hot Reid Brignac. Since the break, Brignac has started 9 games and is 11-30 (.367) with 4 home runs. And it didn’t help Rodriguez’ case when Briggy Baseball hit 2 home runs in Rodriguez first game back from the flooded condo.
So maybe Maddon is just going with the hot bat. But it was the condo flood and subsequent missed flight that opened the door for Brignac to put his bat on display.
With both Ben Zobrist and BJ Upton unavailable today, Rodriguez will be in the starting lineup. But once they return, Rodriguez may have to return to picking splinters out of his heiny until Brignac cools off.