Video: Price "still searching," has "hit a wall"
Rays Cy Young LHP David Price said he feels right physically, and his stuff is good.
But after lasting just five innings - allowing three runs on nine hits in 89 pitches - in Saturday's start against the Twins, Price admitted he's "still searching right now" and has "hit a wall."
With one week left in camp, what's he still "searching" for?
"Just that feeling out there on the mound," Price said. "It's a mindset. You feel like you take it everytime out there and I feel like this lsat week, I've hit a wall. In spring training, it happens. It does. I can work as hard as I can when I get out there in the bullpens and on the mound I feel like, 'Blah.' That's part of it. Whenever you get out there in front of 20,30,40-thousand people, it kind of works its way out."
Price was just happy to be in a big-league exhibition, with his previous two starts coming in minor league games on the team's offday; Monday's rain-disrupted outing had to be moved to the batting cage.
But while Price struck out seven, and was encouraged he got himself out of a few jams. But he was disappointed he allowed the Twins to start a two run rally in the fourth with two outs and two strikes on Dan Rholfing. Two singles and two walks later, the Twins were in business. "That's normally not going to happen," manager Joe Maddon said.
Maddon said, otherwise, Price was normal, with a really good curveball. Price isn't concerned, saying it took him until his fourth start of the regular season in last year's Cy Young campaign that "everything clicked for me."
Price will have one start left, and believes he'll be ready for Opening Day.
"I feel fine," he said. "In my last two spring trainings, I've felt a lot worse than what I feel right now. So that's good."