"Bullpen guys, a lot of times, are still able to throw a lot of strikes without a lot of work," said Maddon, noting that closer Fernando Rodney might be a candidate to pitch in a non-save situation just to get some work in. "[Joel Peralta] is already barking at me right now. He wants out there. Jake [McGee] is the one guy I think that kind of resembles [former Rays closer Troy Percival], in that he doesn't need to throw to throw a strike. Alex [Torres] is fine. I think the two guys I need to keep a close eye on so no rust builds up on them are Fernando and Joel."
Maddon noted about Peralta: "He's pitched twice out of the last 10 days, or something. It's kind of like the offseason for him."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.
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