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Tampa Bay Rays' David Price no longer sore, will start Friday as scheduled

NEW YORK — A slight disruption in routine is apparently LHP David Price's only lingering issue from being struck in the chest by a line drive Sunday.

Price said he was no longer sore, and he lifted his shirt to show that what had been a nasty bruise featuring the laces of the baseball was down to a few red dots. Most important for the Rays, he said he was set to make his next start as scheduled on Friday.

"It was just more scary than anything else, I'm sure," Price said. "I'm all good now."

Price normally would have thrown his between-starts bullpen session Tuesday. But since he didn't do any postgame arm exercises Sunday (he was the hospital getting a CAT scan, EKG and a series of X-rays) and didn't play catch Monday, he pushed it back to today and will lighten the workload.

"I can tell you right now, I'm fine," he said.

Manager Joe Maddon said all parties — including head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield and pitching coach Jim Hickey — were confident Price would be okay.

"I'm feeling pretty good about it, Ronnie's feeling good about and Hick feels good about it," Maddon said. "And I know David feels good about it, most importantly. I think everything's going to be okay."

PITCHING IN: The Rays are talking about which rookie lefty — Matt Moore or Alex Torres — will start Saturday against Toronto and plan to make a decision by tonight. Whomever they pick won't be available in relief the rest of the week.

NO ZO: 2B/RF Ben Zobrist missed Tuesday's game as expected after going home to St. Petersburg to be with his wife, Julianna, for the Monday birth of their daughter, Kruse Allegra. He is not planning to rejoin the team until today's second game. "I'm not exactly sure what time but he's going to be back" today, Maddon said.

HILL CHALLENGE: RHP Kyle Farns­worth advances to the key test of his tender right elbow today in his hoped-for return to action when he tries throwing off the mound, and mixing in some breaking balls.

"That's going to be the big thing, to see how that goes," he said.

Farnsworth, who last pitched Sept. 10, prepped on Tuesday by making 65 throws on flat ground, 55 at a distance of 90 feet and the last 10 from 60 feet with gusto. "It felt good today, I let a few go pretty decent," he said.

OF Sam Fuld's strained right wrist tendon has not improved enough to swing at live pitching (he did some off a tee), so he remains limited to pinch-running and defense.

FINE FASHION: Maddon said he was fined the "normal" amount for his Friday night ejection and objection to the "egregious" and "one-sided" strike zone called by umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. "Totally deserved," Maddon said. "I thought it was very fair."

MEAN 18: New York's 18 men left on were the most by a Rays opponent in any game, and the most by the Yankees in a nine-inning game since 1956. According to Elias, it was the third time in 25 years a team won a nine-inning game leaving that many on.

MISCELLANY: The Rays were shut out for the 15th time, third by the Yankees. … DH Johnny Damon tied Bill Buckner for 59th on the all-time hits list at 2,715. … RHP Andy Sonnanstine made his first appearance since June 27. … RHP Jeremy Hellickson welcomes the chance to make amends for his poor Aug. 13 start at New York.

Tampa Bay Rays' David Price no longer sore, will start Friday as scheduled 09/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:23am]
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