Video: Price on feeling really good in Friday's rehab start
Rays ace lefthander David Price admitted he was a little nervous before Friday's rehab start for Class A Charlotte in Bradenton, his first game action in about six weeks.
"My legs were shaking," Price said. "It feels like you're pitching in the postseason with those jitters."
But Price, out since mid-May with a left triceps strain, was encouraged with how he pitched - and felt - after his 2 1/3 inning outing, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, with two walks, and four strikeouts. Price said he wanted to throw more than 29 strikes in his 49-pitch outing, but his arm felt good, "better" than before his injury. But Price said he doesn't have a timetable for his return, rather taking it "day-by-day"; he'll likely have at least one more rehab start before rejoining the team in early July.
"I'm never satisfied but I felt good," Price said. "And that was the biggest thing, getting out there, facing opposing hitters, hearing the walk-up songs, hearing the PA announcer. It's all new to me, it's been a month and a half, almost five and a half, six weeks. It feels good to get back out there."
Price said they're not going to rush his return, that they want him back to "stay back." So a key will be how he feels Saturday, especially considering how they pushed back his schedule when he experienced soreness following last week's simulated game.
"That's the biggest thing right now, we have a plan set out, but we still go day-by-day," Price said. "If I don't bounce back as good as I expect myself to bounce back, we'll push it back, give myself 24 hours. That's what we did after I threw my first live BP. It's been a while since I've been out there. I've put forth 110 percent effort. I feel great right there, and I expect to feel good tomorrow morning.,"
Price said he misses the game "a ton," that it's really tough to not be on the Rays road trip, in the dugout and clubhouse with his teammates. But he's definitely looking forward to stepping back in and helping a rotation that has struggled at times during this season.
"This is just like hitting, pitching is contagious," Price said. "Once you have that one guy just get on a roll, it kind of feeds to the other four. That's what we need to do. That's what I expect them to do before I get back. And if it happens, I can look forward to going out there and helping them win games."