Price to start Tuesday for Rays
LHP David Price will return to the Rays rotation and start Tuesday in Houston.
Price looked good enough in his two rehab starts, and felt good enough after, that the Rays decided there was no reason for another rehab start.
"He's ready to go,'' manager Joe Maddon said. "We felt that pretty strongly. He feels very good. There's no reason to have him throw those 90 pitches in Port Charlotte so we'll just have him do it for us. He's adamant that he felt great, the medical staff feels good about it, so let's do it with us.''
By starting Price on Tuesday, the Rays will be able to keep LHP Matt Moore on a somehwat regular schedule, though with one extra day's rest due to the off-day, by starting him Monday. RHP Roberto Hernandez will get six days rest and make his next start on Wednesday. The Rays will decide between rookies Alex Colome and Chris Archer for the Thursday start in Houston.
Price, out since mid-May with a triceps strain, will get to make three starts before the All-Star break: Tuesday in Houston, July 7 at home vs. the White Sox and July 12 at home vs. the Astros. He also is slated to pitch the first game after the All-Star break, on July 19 in Toronto.
"I'm pretty excited," Price said. "I'm tired of missing road trips... It'll be fun. It's good to be a part of the team again, especially when they go on the road."
Manager Joe Maddon said Price iniitally will be on a slightly reduced pitch limit but they expect him to return to normal parameters quickly.
"It's going to be good to get out there and face major-league hitters in a major league venue," Price said. "It's been quite a while, and I'm ready to get back out there."