ST. PETERSBURG Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price left Wednesday's start with one out in the top of the third inning because of tightness in his left triceps. Price has not been sharp all season. He entered the game 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA in eight starts. His velocity has been down, which has lessened the effect of his other pitches. Price was hitting the mid-90s Wednesday. He allowed two out doubles in each of the first two innings but was able to pitch out of those jams.
Price walked Stephen Drew to open the third inning then allowed singles to three of the next four batters. Rays manager Joe Maddon and head athletics trainer Ron Porterfield went to the mound after an RBI single by David Ortiz made it a 2-0 game. Price left the game with Porterfield. Price revealed Tuesday that he has been suffering from severe allergies all season. He denied they played a role in his ineffectiveness, but Maddon said the allergies have had an impact. Price has maintained from the start of the season that he is healthy, and that the lack of the velocity was due to him still searching for his grove. If Price heads to the disabled list, the Rays could call up Jake Odorizzi from Triple A Durham since he is pitching on Price's schedule.