Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada said Saturday that he foresees no end to his major league-leading streak of consecutive games played, despite statements to the contrary within the last month.
"For me, I think God is the one that decides if I have to take a day off," Tejada said. "Right now, I feel fine and I'm going to keep playing every day."
Tejada played in his 903rd straight game Saturday, the longest streak in the majors since Cal Ripken's. Tejada hinted recently that he might take a day off and end the streak. Interim manager Sam Perlozzo said he and Tejada have not discussed the matter in "awhile."
"That's something that he's going to have to make a decision on if he wants to do," Perlozzo said. "I told him we could get around that for a day, if we could DH him and then take him out of the game. He said, 'No.' He wants to play."
Tejada passed Stan Musial on Sept. 7 for seventh on the all-time consecutive games played list. He took a break from shortstop on Aug. 21 against Cleveland and was the designated hitter for the first time in his nine-year career. He was the DH again on Wednesday at Texas but returned to the field for Friday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Orioles starter Bruce Chen has a career-high 12 wins. No Orioles left-hander has more than six since Jimmy Key won 16 games in 1997. Chen won the fifth spot in the rotation during spring training and has been one of the team's biggest surprises.
"He has confidence now that he can pitch consistently in the major leagues," Perlozzo said. "Those kind of things are big when you're talking about next year and putting a staff together again."