ARLINGTON -- Being based in Texas, where the gametime temperature routinely matches the speed of one of Nolan Ryan's old fastballs, it seems odd that an 88-degree day in Atlanta on Sunday could cause the Rangers' players so much trouble, with both Yorvit Torrealba and Alexi Ogando getting dehydrated Sunday.
But the temperature only tells half the story -- the problem for the players was the 50 percent humidity.
"Here, there's no humidity," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You walk out in that [Atlanta] heat, you start to pit out. I wasn't even playing and I was pitting out. I wish you could get a close-up look at that uniform that was hanging out on Ogando."
Ogando said he felt dehydrated almost immediately.
"I didn't drink a lot of liquids before the game," Ogando said through a translator. "As soon as I got into the game, it was, 'Wow, what's going on?' So after that I got a lot of liquids and the IV."
It might have been a case of the temperature masking how difficult the playing surface would be.
"That's never happened to me before, because when I go to play, I always drink a lot of water, but I didn't drink anything that day," Ogando said. "That is my mistake. Here, when I'm going to pitch, every game I do that."
Especially during day games or days with high humidity, it makes staying hydrated and preparing physically to play even more important.
"You just got to prepare yourself for those summer stretches. You just got to take into consideration getting your body prepared for these hot temperatures and humidity," catcher Taylor Teagarden said. "It means eating better, drinking tons of fluids, staying hydrated because it can catch up to you quick."