ST. PETERSBURG — LHP David Price believes his strong performance Wednesday in his second rehab start was enough to show the Rays he is ready to rejoin their rotation.
But team officials said Thursday they want to see how he feels and how he responds to a bullpen session this afternoon before deciding whether he is ready to come off the disabled list and pitch for them next week or he should make another rehab start.
Price hinted on Twitter on Thursday morning he felt, well, great: "Woke up feeling like Tony the Tiger … you all know what that means!!"
Price has been out since mid May with a triceps strain. He threw 49 pitches in a June 21 rehab appearance for Class A Charlotte, then 72 over five innings Wednesday. "I guess whatever I did out there is going to be my lobbying. If that's not enough, I guess I'll have to throw another one," Price said Wednesday night. "I'm looking forward to (today) and getting in there and seeing what they have to say."
Scheduling could also be an issue. For Price to stay on a five-day schedule, he would have to start Monday, but LHP Matt Moore is scheduled and already with one extra day's rest.
More Confident: RHP Alex Colome said he feels better heading into his third big-league start, tonight against the Tigers, than he did pitching at Yankee Stadium on Saturday: "I feel really good, better than the second time. I can make better pitches and better location. I feel more stronger, more confidence." He is also excited about making his first start at the Trop. He pitched there once in a minor-league game. "It's awesome," he said. "I'll try to do the best job I can do in my home."
MISCELLANY: OF Wil Myers' off day was a success. He said on Twitter he found a place to live in St. Petersburg. … RHP Brandon Gomes (lat strain) was to throw one inning for Class A Charlotte in the second of three planned rehab outings, but the game was rained out. He had hoped to rejoin the Rays on Monday. … The Rays' 13 losses in their past 17 games against Detroit are primarily the result of being shut down offensively, scoring only 41 runs. "They pitch us very tough," manager Joe Maddon said.
Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.