Tampa Bay Rays left-handed starting pitcher David Price is
eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but he isn’t close
to rejoining the team. Price updated his rehab from a triceps injury, telling
reporters – including Roger Mooney of The Tampa Bay Tribune – that he won’t
begin throwing until sometime this week.
"I honestly have no idea," Price said when asked
for a date for his return. "You have to give it a chance to heal, a chance
to get better, and that's what we're doing right now."
Last week, manager Joe Maddon said that Price would miss at
least three starts. Considering the southpaw has yet to resume throwing, it’s
now safe to say that his absence will be longer than three starts.
While his absence is going to be extended than perhaps
initially thought, Price is no longer experiencing pain in his throwing
shoulder and elbow.
"I feel great," Price said, "and that's
probably the toughest thing for me right now is my arm feels the way it does
and my body feels the way it does and I'm not able to do anything yet, because
we just have to give it time, and I understand that."
Prior to hitting the DL, Price had gotten off to a rough
start to the 2013 season. Over nine starts, the 27-year-old posted an ERA of
5.24 with a WHIP of 1.436.
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