David Price Injury: Updates on Rays Star's Triceps

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IMay 15, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG - MAY 25:  Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays talks with reporters just before the start of the game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on May 25, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price has finally rehabbed his injured tricep and has returned to the big league roster.


UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2, at 11:26 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Tampa Bay Times reporter Joe Smith reports Price's pitching line from his first start after returning from the disabled list:

Price was sure to thank fans after the game as well:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2, at 4:35 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has a huge update about the return of David Price.

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UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 4:35 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times provides an encouraging update on Price's status:

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, at 12:05 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Tampa Tribune's Greg Zeck provided more details on David Price's rehab start from Tuesday:

The Tampa Bay Rays' prized left-hander, pitching as a member of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. He also struck out eight Bradenton Marauders to make his case to come off the disabled list.

"I guess whatever I did out there today is going to be my lobbying,; Price said of his chance to rejoin the Rays. 'If that's not enough, I guess I'll have to throw another one."

More importantly than the start itself, Price said he felt the strained left triceps that has kept him out since mid-May felt fine, and he added he had plenty of stamina to last longer than the 72 pitches (54 strikes) he threw Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park.

"I didn't feel tired whatsoever out there," said Price, who threw to fellow former Vanderbilt Commodore Curt Casali. "The humidity out here can take a lot out of you, but it cooled down a lot after the bullpen. The body feels strong and I've been out in the sun quite a bit."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 9:04 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

If it was up to Price, he'd be back on the Rays active roster right now. But it's not, and he's left wondering what the next move is, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times:

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 22, at 4:50 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports the latest details of Price's rehab assignment: 

Price had mixed results in his first rehab start (via Adam Berry of MLB.com):

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 19, at 5:58 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Tampa Tribune reporter Roger Mooney noted on Wednesday that Price will begin his rehab assignment:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 11:35 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Price is scheduled to play catch again on Sunday and Monday and is supposed to have a bullpen session this week, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith. Smith also reports that Price is dealing with some soreness.

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UPDATE: Monday, June 10 at 4:30 p.m ET by Tom Kinslow

David Price spoke to the media today and gave an update on his rehab as he tries to return from his triceps injury, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 8 at 9:45 a.m ET by Michael Cahill

Good news in David Price's road to recovery, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

Erlendsson writes that Price threw off the mound on Friday afternoon:

Price had been doing some light throwing before Friday's next step in the process. Price finished the session after throwing 33 pitches, mixing in all of his pitches without feeling discomfort.

“It was a good day, I felt really good, and that's what we were looking for, to come away from this and feel good, have a smile on my face, and that's the way I feel right now,'' Price said.

According to Erlendsson, the next step will be another session on Monday. 

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UPDATE: Monday, May 27, at 12:32 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Rays fans, as David Price (triceps) is playing catch today, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin:

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UPDATE: Friday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune says Price expects to begin throwing in the next couple of days:

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Price hopes to begin playing catch in the next couple of days but has no timetable to come off the DL:

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 16, at 5:05 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Price's DL stint isn't expected to last longer than the required 15 days, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 16, at 3:15 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Price is officially headed to the 15-day disabled list, according to the MLB Roster Moves Twitter account

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 16, at 1:05 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to MLB.com reporter Adam Berry, Price is unlikely to make his next start after leaving Wednesday night's game:

Price said the MRI results turned out to be "as good as it could have been," but the real test will be how he feels Thursday. The southpaw wouldn't rule out the idea of making his next start, scheduled for Monday, but manager Joe Maddon said that is "probably unlikely."

Price also offered these words:

This is something I take pride in, being available every fifth day and being out there for my team. I don't know how that's looking right now, but I'll just get re-evaluated tomorrow.

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*Original Text*

Price left his start against Boston in the top of the third inning with an apparent arm injury, which ESPN sideline reporter Tim Kurkjian confirmed as a triceps issue during the broadcast of the game (via Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune):

Buster Olney of ESPN confirmed the sideline report:

MLB's Twitter account helped break the news that Price was leaving the game:

Brian MacPherson, a beat writer for the Red Sox, also weighed in, noting that Price has been dealing with allergy issues but was seen "clenching his left fist":

Bullpen spot-starter Jamey Wright entered the game for Price, as SunSportsRays reported:

Price, the reigning American League Cy Young winner, came into the game with a 1-3 record and 4.78 ERA. For his career, he is 62-34 with a 3.26 ERA. He led the American league in wins (20), winning percentage (.800) and ERA (2.56) during his award-winning 2012 season.

This year, he hasn't nearly been on par with his 2012 campaign or, for that matter, any of his other professional seasons. Not since 2009 have we seen Price with an ERA above 4.00, and he's been well above that mark for most of 2013.

His ERA ballooned to 5.24 after allowing four earned runs in 2.1 innings of work on Wednesday night, and he'll be on the hook for his fourth loss if the Rays cannot climb back from their current 8-2 hole against the Red Sox.

No stranger to injury, Price missed time in spring training in 2012 because of a bizarre incident involving a towel and his neck, via Mooney of the Tribune. This injury looks more serious, though, and might explain why Price has struggled so mightily this year after a dominant 2012 season. 

As Fox Sports Florida mentioned on Tuesday and MacPherson discussed earlier, Price has struggled with allergy issues all season. As a result of the problem, he's dealt with rashes and blurred vision since January—something the team only learned about this week.

However, as Price clenched his left arm and fist after leaving the mound, this didn't look anything like a problem with his nasal congestion or ability to see. Arm issues are never good for a pitcher, especially when the prognosis comes back the way Price's did after an early diagnosis in the locker room.