Wednesday afternoon report: Price skips bullpen session, says all is fine
The Rays wrapped up the pitcher-and-catcher portion of spring training with a two-hour plus workout Wednesday in which the biggest news appeared to be who didn't throw: ace David Price.
Price said he was fine and took advantage of the opportunuty presented by pitching coach Jim Hickey to skip one of the three bullpen sessions scheduled at the start of camp.
"Just took a day off,'' Price said. "I didn't see the need to throw three bullpen sessions in the first five days of camp. I thought some other guys would take a day off too.''
Hickey and manager Joe Maddon both said the same thing, that the pitchers has the option. Maddon said Price has felt so well that he did his played catch and did his long-toss throwing even though he wasn't going to throw the bullpen session.
"He's fine,'' Maddon said. "He's wonderful. He's good. He just chose to have that kind of a work day as opposed to the traditional off-the-mound.''
OF Wil Myers, meanwhile, went through batting practice with a GoPro video camera on his hat, providing what should be interesting video for the RaysVision production crew. Myers said it was an interesting experience, and that he was aware it was on his head but not an issue.
Maddon had no word on the status of RHPs Juan Carlos Oviedo and Juan Sandoval, who have been delayed in their native Dominican Republic due to visa issues. RHP Joel Peralta has been in contact with them and said it could be the end of the week or early next week until they are here.