Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters – including
Bill Chastain and Adam Berry of MLB.com – that left-handed starting pitcher
David Price was impressive during his three-inning simulated game yesterday.
"Velocity on the fastball was way up there, I
thought," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Slider, cutter, changeup,
everything was outstanding. Delivery was good. I thought he looked ready to
In fact, Maddon said Price was so impressive that he
considers the southpaw to be ahead of schedule.
"He's actually exceeding expectations a little
bit," Maddon said. "I thought he could have pitched today in an
actual game. He's accelerated; there's no question," he added. "I
just have to sit down and talk with everybody before I give you guys bad
information. I just saw a guy who was a lot further along than we
Price faced teammates Ryan Roberts, Sean Rodriguez and Sam Fuld during his 54-pitch outing. He took time to sit down three times to
simulate three innings. Former teammate James Shields even stood in the batter’s
box during Price’s session.
Price is now on schedule to take today off, throw a bullpen
on Saturday, take two days off and then pitch in a game on Tuesday. Beyond that
is unknown, but he’s certainly progressing toward a return faster than the team
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