"I want them to be late to the ballpark," Maddon said Friday. "If it's a 7 o'clock game, and you're showing up at 4:30, I'm fine. Five o'clock, I'm fine. Whatever it takes you to get ready to play that game tonight, you know what it takes."
All Maddon asks is that the players are prepared for each game.
"If their minds are fresh, they'll play a better game," he said.
• Joe Smith, on the disabled list since Aug. 17 with a left hamstring strain, has joined Triple-A Iowa to continue his rehab. He'll join outfielder Chris Coghlan (right rib contusion) who started playing for Iowa on Thursday.
John Lackey (right shoulder strain) and Hector Rondon (right triceps strain) have also made progress, Maddon said. None of them were expected to be activated before Sept. 1.
The one player they have to be careful with is Pedro Strop, who had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Strop apparently is feeling so good, they have to rein him in, Maddon said. Strop went on the DL Aug. 11 and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.