8/3/2014 6:27 P.M. ET
Rays break out formal wear for road trip
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays are making their fifth "themed" road trip of the year with their "James Bond Formal Trip," as they head to Oakland to begin a three-stop trip that also includes Chicago and Texas.
This is the 33rd such trip since Rays manager Joe Maddon introduced the concept in 2008.
Some like Jeremy Hellickson have never worn a tuxedo before. Others like Kevin Kiermaier and Cole Figueroa last wore one at their respective high school proms, while Grant Balfour and Brandon Guyer have not worn a tuxedo since their weddings.
So it's safe to assume that formal wear is not a staple within the Rays' clubhouse.
Of note, "Jake 'n the Box" -- relievers Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger planned to dress as a pair. McGee had an orange tux and top hat, while Boxberger had the same ensemble -- only in blue -- just like the movie, "Dumb and Dumber."
"Only we don't have canes," McGee said.
Hanigan to be shut down for seven days
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ryan Hanigan, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, will be shut down from all activity for seven days, according to Rays manager Joe Maddon.
Hanigan was the designated hitter for Class A Charlotte on Saturday and went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He was back in the clubhouse for a day off on Sunday and was tentatively scheduled to catch for Charlotte on Monday before the change of plans.
"We don't want to rush it," said Maddon, noting that Hanigan was feeling something in the oblique.
Hanigan went on the disabled list on July 17. Earlier in the season, he had another stint on the DL while recovering from a tight right hamstring.
Hanigan came to the Rays in a three-way deal with the Reds and D-backs on Dec. 3. He is hitting .212 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 61 games for the Rays this season.
Pitching staff adjusting to life without Price
ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Cobb seemed taken aback when a reporter pointed out he was the senior member of the starting rotation since David Price got traded.
"That's weird that I'd be considered the veteran guy," Cobb said. "Feels like I just got here."
Despite his new standing, Cobb said he's not going to act or operate any differently.
"The feel in the clubhouse has been passed down to us," Cobb said. "It's been established many years ago. It's just our job to continue that. It's a good thing we've got going. I'd say the only thing that we have to do as a group, when we do have new guys coming in, just welcome them. Let them know that the No. 1 thing is to feel comfortable here. Nobody walks on eggshells around here.
"We're all a big group of friends that goes out and plays baseball. Now, with Drew [Smyly] coming in, we're trying to get that point across -- and it's going really smoothly. ... There's nothing more that you try to do. If you try to do more, you're setting yourself up for failure."
Cobb called Smyly "a great guy."
"Seems like he's going to fit in really well for us," Cobb said. "Just really down to earth. Doesn't take himself too seriously. I think that's the No. 1 thing you have to be able to do in this locker room is not try to be super serious. ... He's real down to earth. Acceptance of the Rays' clubhouse seems right up his alley."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.