Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

David Price ill, misses scheduled start

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP David Price will miss today's start after becoming ill and leaving Tropicana Field on Friday. RHP Jake Odorizzi will start in his place, the team announced after the loss to Toronto.

The Rays hope Price could take Odorizzi's place as Sunday's starter. They'll know more today.

Price is 14-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 career starts against Toronto.

If Price starts Sunday, that could knock him out of Tuesday's All-Star Game. Sunday starters are usually replaced on the roster since they don't want to throw again two days later.

One close, one done: The Rays received mixed injury news before the game, with OF Wil Myers getting closer to his return and 1B/OF Jerry Sands learning his season was over.

The stress fracture Myers sustained to his right wrist in May has healed, and he had his cast removed Friday. He's scheduled to begin rehab work soon with the goal of returning to the team in mid August.

Myers said the cast's removal is a good sign, but he still feels some soreness in his wrist.

"It's going to take some time to get used to," said Myers, who had five home runs and 25 RBIs in 53 games.

Sands will need season-ending surgery on a strained tendon in his left wrist after the injury didn't heal with almost three weeks off. Sands will likely schedule the surgery next week, while balancing it with the pregnancy of his wife, who is expecting a child next month.

The surgery will keep Sands from swinging for three or four months, but he's expected to recover fully by spring training.

"It's obviously disappointing I don't get to go out there and be on the field every day," said Sands, who was batting .190 in 12 games before the injury.

OF David DeJesus said his fractured hand is still healing. He continues to wear a brace and is not expected to return until next month.

The Rays haven't given any indication about what decisions they will make to clear the impending outfield logjam.

Escobar up: Manager Joe Maddon said SS Yunel Escobar was so eager to get back with the team that he burst into the clubhouse before Friday's game. Escobar started at shortstop after being activated from the disabled list before the game and said his sore right shoulder felt fine after the time off.

"I think the time off made me feel a lot better" Escobar said through a Rays translator. "… I feel ready to start moving again."

Escobar takes the roster spot of LHP Jake McGee, who was put on the paternity list. McGee's wife, Morgan, gave birth to their first child, daughter Rowen Beth, on Thursday.

Though Ben Zobrist performed well at shortstop in Escobar's absence, Maddon said the plan is for Escobar to continue as the regular shortstop. Maddon has called him a Gold Glove-level defensive player and said he's the team's best hitter off lefties, so he's inclined to keep him in the lineup. Escobar was hitless in his first two at-bats Friday.

McGee is eligible to return Sunday, when the Rays are expected to make another roster move.

Medical matters: CF Desmond Jennings was replaced by Kevin Kiermaier after Jennings fouled a ball off of himself in the second. Jennings bruised his left knee; X-rays were negative. … C Ryan Hanigan was scratched from his start because of soreness in his left side and was replaced by Jose Molina.

Miscellany: Price was awarded his official All-Star jersey before the game. … Zobrist had his sixth multi-hit game in his past nine contests. … Sean Rodriguez's homer was his ninth of the year, tying his career high. He has 12 RBIs in his past 14 games (12 starts).

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