Shields scheduled for July 10 start, won't be eligible for All-Star Game
RHP James Shields certainly seems worthy of being selected to the American League All-Star team, and has been mentioned as a potential starter.
But the Rays have him scheduled to start at New York on July 10, which would mean he's not available or eligible to pitch in the July 12 game.
"I think that is his day, his scheduled day,'' Maddon said. "I think that's gonna be his day, that Sunday. I'm pretty sure.''
Under MLB rules, pitchers who work the Sunday before the All-Star Game can be named to the team and participate in all acitvities, but are replaced on the active roster by pitchers who can work in the game.
The Rays have a little wiggle room because the July 10 start is predicated on Shields getting an extra day's rest before that start. If they kept him on a strict five-day schedule he would pitch Wednesday, July 4 and July 9.
"It (July 10) appears to be his day as of right now,'' Maddon said. "Theoretically, it's possible he may be pitching on that Sunday before the All-Star break.''
Maddon said it's simply a matter of putting the team ahead of the All-Star Game. "The Rays are much more important,'' Maddon said. "We have set this thing up for a while.''
The Tigers have said they have similar plans for their ace Justin Verlander, who also will pitch on July 10 and not in the All-Star Game.