Price: I'm ready to come back
Ace lefthander David Price said he's ready to rejoin the Rays rotation.
Price, out since mid-May with a left triceps strain, said it's up to the the team when he'll come off the disabled list. But Price made a pretty strong argument in his second rehab start Wednesday for Class-A Charlotte, throwing five two-hit innings while striking out eight in a sharp, 72-pitch outing.
"Obviously it's not in my hands, but I put my best foot forward today," Price said. "It was very good to have the results I had today, to be able to throw the ball the way I threw it today was really good."
Price walked just one, and threw 54 of his 72 pitches for strikes, including first-pitch strikes to 15 of the 19 batters he faced. He struck out four in the second inning, with a hitter reaching due to a wild pitch. His fastball reached as high as 95 miles per hour and he was encouraged with his curveball and slider.
Price said he didn't feel tired at all, and hopes to start for the Rays next week.
"It'd be awesome," Price said. "I'm tired of missing road trips, that stuff kind of wears on you whenever I'm sitting at home, watching baseball games and not being on the bench and being around all my teammates. I'm looking forward to Friday and getting in there and seeing what they have to say."
What can Price do to lobby his case?
"I guess whatever I did out there is going to be my lobbying." Price said with a smile. "If that's not enough, I guess I'll have to throw another one."