Price feels strong after rehab start
BRADENTON — David Price admitted he was nervous before Friday's rehab start for Class A Charlotte, his first game action in about six weeks.
"My legs were shaking," the Rays' ace left-hander 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 by how great he felt after his 2⅓-inning, 49-pitch outing in the Florida State League game. He was charged with two runs (one earned) on two hits against Bradenton, with two walks and four strikeouts, tipping his cap to a standing ovation as he beat a storm at the rain-delayed doubleheader.
Price said he wanted to throw more than 29 strikes, but his arm felt better than before his injury, and he had a lot "more left in the tank." Price said he doesn't have a timetable for his return, but he'll likely have at least one more rehab start before rejoining the team in early July.
He said a key will be how he feels today, considering the soreness he experienced after last week's simulated game.
"I feel great right there," Price said. "And I expect to feel good (today)."
Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer