Tampa Bay Rays
Rays place David Price on 15-day disabled list
ST. PETERSBURG -
As his teammates prepared to embark on a six-game camouflage-themed road trip Thursday afternoon, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was heading for what for him is unchartered territory.
And there was no disguising his frustration over it.
As if the worst start of his career and his recent battle with allergies weren't enough of a burden, Price was left Thursday to deal with his first trip ever to the 15-day disabled list.
“It's frustrating, it really is,” Price said after the left triceps strain he suffered during Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Red Sox forced the move. “And mostly because I'm throwing the ball as bad as I am.
“I mean, it's been rough, it really has. And now I'm going to have to stay back here and watch these guys play the next six games on the road. That's probably the worst part of it.''
Indeed, the situation could have been a lot worse. Toronto Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson is facing a six-week DL stint because of the same type of injury, but Price's absence shouldn't be anywhere near that long.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said the American League Cy Young Award winner will definitely miss his next two starts but is hopeful Price will return when his DL stint expires in two weeks.
“And if (he misses a third start), I'm fine with it,'' Maddon said. “Again, we have plans here of playing in October and we're not getting there without him so if it means (missing) an extra start, that's fine.''
It's not so fine with Price. Off to a 1-4 start and carrying a disturbing 5.24 ERA, Price said he is anxious to get back on the mound and correct the problems that have hindered him this season.
“You want to get back out there and get the ball rolling again and get things going in a positive direction when things are going bad,'' Price said. “But I'm not going to be able to do that right away.''
Price said he will not throw a ball for at least a couple of days in an effort to the triceps strain “calm down.''. He then hopes to slowly work his way back into his normal throwing routine.
The Rays meanwhile, will contemplate a replacement for Price, who was scheduled to pitch again Monday in Toronto. Maddon said he has several options to choose from, including Alex Torres, who was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Thursday.
“We haven't gotten to that point yet,'' Maddon said of choosing a temporary replacement for Price. “We're talking about a lot of different things and we'll make the determination for the next start soon.''
Torres is one possibility but he was promoted on Thursday largely because of a need for a long reliever in the bullpen. Another is Jake Odorizzi, who the Rays picked up from Kansas City in the James Shields trade.
Chris Archer is also an option, but Archer, who was 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA in six appearances (four starts) for the Rays last year was scheduled to start Thursday for Durham and would probably not be ready for a Monday start.
Whoever winds up filling the role will likely only do so for a start or two, which is one reason Price was feeling only a little anxious about his first trip to the disabled list.
“He's actually doing pretty well,'' Maddon said of his ace. “I'm anticipating more of a normal DL stint for him and if there is any extra length to it it should be minimal. So I got a good vibe talking to him. I think it's going to be fine.''