Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 5/27/13
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Left-hander David Prices recovery from a strained left triceps continued with a another step Monday: throwing. Price, on the 15-day disabled list since May 16, was seen throwing about 35 pitches to head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield in about five minutes Monday at Tropicana Field in the first such session since sustaining the injury against the Boston Red Sox on May 15. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, whos 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts this season, said he "felt really good" and that "it was a very positive day." "It felt normal," Price said. Price said he plans to play catch again soon, though it probably will not happen Tuesday as he continues a schedule that includes shoulder exercises every other day. He said he does not have plans to travel with the Rays to Miami during their upcoming two-game trip to Marlins Park on Wednesday and Thursday. Price can come off the DL as early as Friday, but it does not appear he will be ready to do so at that time. "I really didn't have any nerves, to be honest," Price said. "I probably threw 40 weighted balls inside before I came out here. ... I felt good today, playing catch, doing all my exercises. A normal day. "Probably the first couple days (after the injury) was the toughest and then getting a prognosis and having them sit me down and tell me what all is going on. You have to buy into it. You cant want to rush things." Rays manager Joe Maddon also seems pleased with Price's progress. "(Porterfield) thought he threw really well, actually better than he thought he was going to be able to throw today," Maddon said. "I dont have anything strong right there except that hes doing pretty well." You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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