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David Price leaves start with strained left triceps

May 15, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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A frightening development tonight for Tampa Bay.

Rays left-hander David Price made an early exit from his start against the Red Sox after feeling some discomfort in his left triceps muscle. He appeared to be clenching his fist when a trainer came out to visit him, which suggests that there might have been pain shooting down his entire arm.

Price threw a scoreless first and second inning but yielded a walk and three singles in the third before departing. He wound up being charged with four earned runs on five hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings. Jamey Wright relieved him and promptly allowed another four earned.

Price, 27, has an ugly 5.24 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through 55 total frames this season. He entered the year with a 3.16 career ERA and a 1.17 career WHIP. The Rays will reevaluate him on Thursday.

If Price needs a stint on the disabled list, the Rays could turn to top pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi.

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UPDATE, 11:01 PM EDT: Rays manager Joe Maddon told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times after the game that Price has been diagnosed with a left triceps strain. He already underwent an MRI and Maddon said “nothing seems to be serious,” but Price is still likely to miss a couple of starts.

  1. giantboy99 - May 15, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    This is only the beginning

    • dangernearing - May 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Who Timmy Jim?

    • baseballisboring - May 16, 2013 at 5:22 AM

      Really doctor, is that your prognosis? Damn, bad news…

  2. duckthefodgers - May 15, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Probably the umps fault.

  3. historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Burgie, don’t panic. Jobu might just need some hair of the dog. Offerings and patience.

  4. indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    It was a weird scene. Price called Hickey, the pitching coach to the mound. I hope it’s nothing serious. Any possibility we see Chris Archer? I know he was sidelined with a contusion briefly in AAA.

    • proudlycanadian - May 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      The Rays do have some decent options to replace Price.

  5. 13arod - May 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    i want to see chris archor if he misses a start a 2

  6. gotampabay52 - May 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    you bring up what ever we got lets see what we got Priceshould of been traded this off season we get a lot for him like st louis for the bolts Tampa dont marry players if you cant resign them then trade them craword didbt get traded we should of got something for him

    • melkipershero - May 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      They got the Soxs first round pick and a supplementary first as well. Not exactly nothing.

      • jwbiii - May 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Those picks turned into Taylor Guerreri, a high school pitcher who is doing very well in A ball

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=guerri000tay

        and Brandon Martin, a high school SS who did less well in the Appy League last season.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=martin005bra

    • 18thstreet - May 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      The rules of grammar are not your enemy.

  7. 13arod - May 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    hopefully price i okay but this might be good for price because he was strucking and he might get time off with the injury and will rest him get better price

  8. 13arod - May 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    also they might get a look at what their top pitching prospect that they got from kansas

  9. listerineman - May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    great guy. great pitcher. i wish him well.

  10. rockthered1286 - May 16, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Folks… Please check your autocorrect. And if that’s not the culprit maybe just re-read before posting. I find myself reading some of these two or three times before I can comprehend. Yeesh.

  11. convincedofthehex - May 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Price is no leader. With Shields gone they needed him to step up. He has a reputation for always goofing around and never being serious. He doesn’t deliver when really needed. Post season stats, 1-3 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Hindsight says the Rays should have traded him in the off season, but the limited fan base would have gone crazy. Archer has struggled at AAA this year, so Odorizzi is the likely call up. Price better hope the injury is minor, or that big payday he was hoping to collect after arbitration next year is going to disappear. His velocity has been down 2 – 3 mph all year and it seems like he isn’t challenging hitters anymore. Could be the injury, or maybe he’s just a headcase.

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