ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays left the hot and humid conditions
north of the border on Thursday night only to find
temperatures just as extreme in Texas.
Rogers Centre closed its roof on Thursday afternoon because
of a heat index that approached 48 degrees Celsius -- 118
Fahrenheit -- with humidity.
There were similar conditions at the Ballpark in Arlington
on Friday, with temperatures in the afternoon hovering around 44 degrees Celsius -- 111 Fahrenheit -- with humidity.
"There's a number of things available to guys," Blue Jays
manager John Farrell said. "Some are traditional as far as
what we'll be able to have for every guy in the dugout.
Those are no different when you get into the heat."
Prior to the series, Farrell talked about possibly having
his starting pitchers take an IV before each game. That
decision will ultimately be left to the individual, but the
treatment is available for any player who is concerned about
becoming dehydrated during the game.
"You don't want to strongly suggest to someone that they
feel like they're doing something outside their normal
routine," Farrell said.
"This is a matter of fluids. It's not a huge thing. But with
every starter, they know their routine and they're going to
hydrate extensively the day or two prior to their start, and
I'm sure Jo-Jo [Reyes] has done that leading into today."