Price concerned about chance for injury, cuts outing short
UPDATE, 2:33: Price said he was "absolutely" concerned about injury, that the conditions were "absolutely terrible,'' and that pitching in it was "stupid."
In other words, he didn't get anything out of it.
After throwing the 37 pitches in the game - which included his first curveballs (two for strikeouts)m he threw 34 more pitches in the indoor cage. "I continued to walk people (there)as well,'' he said. "It hasn't been a very good day.''
Price said he was concerned that the mound, on Field 1 on the back side of the Port Charlotte complex, was too hard when he made his last minor-league start on Wednesday, and that he heard prospect RHP Jake Odorizzi fell recently. So Price and pitching coach Jim Hickey asked the grounds crew to make it softer, which was done by watering it, but then the rain on Wednesday caused more problems. Price said the grounds crew wasn't to blame, that the workers did all they could.
"When you throw every pitch and your foot slides 5-6 inches, it's not safe,'' Price said.
Price said he still got in enough work that he will stay on his regular schedule, which would have him pitching on Saturday in Port Charlotte vs. the Twins.
DEVELOPING: Rays Cy Young Award winner David Price threw only one inning - and a messy 37-pitch one at that - in a minor-league game today as rain fell in Port Charlotte.
Price labored through first inning as the rain started just about the same time as the game and made the mound a bit messy, He gave up a hit and a run, walking three (and expressing his displeasure with an expletive after a four-pitrch walk with two outs) and struck out three.
He went to the indoor batting cage to continue throwing. He was scheduled for 75 pitches today.