PORT CHARLOTTE — Ace left-hander David Price says he's ready to rejoin the Rays rotation.
Price, out since mid May with a left triceps strain, acknowledged that it's up to the team when he'll come off the disabled list. But he did some pretty strong lobbying in his second rehab start Wednesday for Class A Charlotte, pitching five two-hit innings against Bradenton while striking out eight in a sharp 72-pitch outing.
"He's ready," Charlotte manager Brady Williams said. "It looked like what you're accustomed to seeing."
Price walked one and threw 54 of his 72 pitches for strikes, striking out four in the second inning alone after the second strikeout victim reached on a wild pitch. He didn't have the same jitters as Friday when he went 21/3 innings and threw 49 pitches in Bradenton, and he said he wasn't tired despite pitching five innings. Price's fastball reached 95 mph, and he said he didn't hang any curveballs and was happy with his improved depth on his slider.
The reigning AL Cy Young winner hopes his next start is with the Rays.
"Obviously, it's not in my hands, but I put my best foot forward," Price said. "It was very good to have the results I had."
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