Originally written June 14, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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 go." 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 thought." 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 initially expected. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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