How do you feel? Can you go today?
These chats happen out of earshot, but we can confidently tell you K-Rod's answer.
"No manager, nobody, is ever going to hear me complain that they use me too much," said Rodriguez, 30, the closer-turned-baseball's most famous setup man. "I prepare every day to pitch, and I'm going to keep it that way."
Has he ever told a manager he needed a day?
"No. This is my 10th year in the big leagues, and I've never said that to a manager," he said. "I hope to not ever say that to a manager."
Rodriguez said all this on Tuesday night after bailing the Brewers out of a jam in the eighth inning of a 9-6 win over the Astros. He pitched for the third straight day, and the fourth time in five days.
Wednesday's series finale was set to start about 13 hours later.
"I'll be fine," he said.