Sunday was one of those days for third baseman Scott Rolen.
"We've got veterans and older players you're trying to keep healthy, it's what you've got to do," Baker said. "If not, you lose those guys and you're in bad shape. As much ball as we've been playing, as hard as we've been playing, we've still got 99 games left. That's a long way. Most people just see today. I've got to look at today, tomorrow and next month and the ensuing months."
Baker specifically pointed to Rolen, shortstop Orlando Cabrera -- who had a day off Thursday -- and reliever Arthur Rhodes as veterans he must keep a close eye on.
Baker said he went to Rolen last Sunday in Washington and asked him to give him all he could for six games, and then he would get the day off Sunday against the Royals, with an off-day following on Monday. Miguel Cairo replaced Rolen in the lineup, batting second.