I was in the same situation more than just a few times, but at the other end of the stick. I hadn’t used two of our starters for a five straight games. There were reasons - had to do with the pitchers that were being used, rather than the ones that weren’t.
Any way … after one game, I had to walk back to the bullpen after forgetting something, and I noticed one of our starters sitting on a folding chair jotting something down in a small pocket notebook. Jokingly I asked him if he got any good numbers - handsome type, always attracted pretty girls. He looked me straight in the eye and said … and I quote…,
" I’m taking notes on that batting order … I know I haven’t been used lately, but I’ll be ready to go when needed coach."
That floored me! I tried to collect myself and say something… but I had to keep the confidence of the reasons why things were the way they were.
I never forgot how that pitcher approached that situation. He was professional and personable at the same time. Again, like I said, I never forgot that pitcher. When it came time for references, a good word, etc., it was a pleasure to help any way I could.