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LHP David Price shakes off another scare, looks sharp in simulated game

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Rays LHP David Price has made it clear his right hand - which was hit by a broken bat in Wednesday's start - is not an issue.

Then, in Price's simulated game Monday in Port Charlotte, he was clipped in his left (throwing hand) by a grounder up the middle by minor leaguer Emeel Salem. Price was fine, looking sharp in a 60-pitch session, and was able to laugh it off afterward.

"They took another pinkie," he said, smiling. "They hit three back up the middle, and one of them hit me, so it was pretty good." Then Price joked, "I need a screen when I pitch."

Other than escaping injury-free, Price was pleased with how he felt in the outing, where he had good command and was able to mix in his off-speed pitches. He said the curveball felt good, and his slider had some depth, but he was most happy about how his changeup, which he used a lot in the first two innings.

"Today was a big day for my changeup I'd say," he said. "It felt really good."

Price said he's expecting to make his next start Saturday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:15am]

    

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