ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. David Prices second season is two starts old. If there is such a thing as a demarcation moment in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays ace left-hander lived it when he took the mound last Tuesday in Houston to return from a 47-day disabled list stint.
No team with playoff visions, of course, wants to be without a star for any amount of time, let alone a significant window. But in this regard, Price could be proven correct: The strained left triceps, sustained May 15 against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field to mark his careers first DL stay, could become a blessing in disguise.
That verdict remains unknown. Two impressive outings against bad opponents, the latest a five-strikeout complete game in a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday that closed with Price slamming his left palm into his glove to celebrate, are far from the sample size necessary to declare, David Price is back. More will be learned.
Still, Prices recent emergence introduces a wor...