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Video: Rays place Price on DL, call up Torres

Update 5:15 p.m. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he really anticipates a normal or "minimal" DL stint for LHP David Price, who may miss 2-3 starts.

"I really do anticipate when he's well, he's going to be well for a long time," Maddon said. "We have plans of playing in October, and we're not getting there without him."

Maddon said they haven't decided on who will start Monday in Price's place, but will do so soon. RHP Jake Odorizzi is the most likely candidate, but Maddon said Chris Archer, Alex Colome and even recently-called up LHP Alex Torres are being considered. Archer would seem out since he's pitching tonight.

UPDATE: 4:13 p.m.: Rays ace LHP David Price admitted its frustrating to go on disabled list for first time in career, but is encouraged he's feeling better and hopes to be back on mound in a "couple of weeks."

"We are just giving it time to calm down," Price said "It is a new territory for me, I've never really had any arm troubles. It's frustrating, even more so when I'm throwing the ball as bad as I am."

Price said he feels as though he can throw right now, but likely won't be doing any of that for a few days, rather rehabbing. He won't be joining the team on their upcoming road trip to Baltimore and said he will take things day by day and lean on his support system. The Rays called up LHP Alex Torres, who could help in bullpen for time being, and team can call up RHP Jake Odorizzi or Chris Archer to take Price's start Monday in Toronto.

The Rays know how big a loss Price is.

"David is an ace, he's a Cy Young winner," Evan Longoria said. "There's nobody that can walk in and fill his shoes."

DEVELOPING: Rays ace lefthander David Price is going on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Tampa Bay placed the reigning AL Cy Young winner on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a left triceps strain, suffered in Wednesday's game. LHP Alex Torres was called up from Triple-A Durham to temporarily take his place on the roster, likely to help the bullpen.

It's unclear how long Price will be out. Price left Wednesday's game in the third inning after having an issue with the triceps, admitting he had never had that feeling before. Manager Joe Maddon said after last night's game that they were encouraged with MRI results, and didn't believe it'd be serious, but said it was unlikely Price would make his next start Monday.

The Rays can use Torres to help the bullpen the rest of the weekend before calling up a starter - likely either RHP Jake Odorizzi or Chris Archer - to take Price's spot Monday in Toronto.

Torres, 25, was 2-2 with a 2.39 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Durham this year. The big thing with Torres has always been his command, and it looks like he was doing better with it with the Bulls, striking out 49 and walking 14. He can help the bullpen, which had to pick up 6 2/3 innings in Wednesday night after Price departed early.

For Price, the DL stint is just another chapter in a frustrating season, having gone 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts.


David Price left Wednesday's game with a left triceps strain.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

David Price left Wednesday's game with a left triceps strain.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:41pm]

    

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