Price throws BP, ready for extended spring start
Top pick LHP David Price (left elbow) said he felt good after another live batting practice session Tuesday, mixing in his entire repertoire in a 40-pitch stint to hitters at the minor league facility in St. Petersburg.
Price practiced going up-and-down, taking a few minute break in the dugout between his two 20-pitch sessions, simulating a live game. Though Price said he's still a little "scared" to throw at 100-percent strength, the pitches he's thrown, "aren't causing any pain, so that's a good sign."
Price said he's planning to pitch Friday in an extended spring game, the first of three-to-four outings there before his first start at Class-A Vero Beach. The 22-year-old had performed well in spring, including his dazzling debut against the Yankees in Tampa, but was sidelined in late March when he suffered a muscle strain in his left elbow.
Price's last start was June 1, 2007, when he pitched for Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament.
"It's been a long time," Price said. "I'm ready to get back out there."
-- JOE SMITH
[James Borchuck, Times archives]