The Tampa Bay Rays left-hander will make his first minor league rehab start 6:30 p.m. Friday for Class A Charlotte in a game at Bradenton. Price, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, has been recovering from a strained left triceps sustained May 15 in an abbreviated start against the
Boston Red Sox.
He threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and team medical personnel evaluated that he is ready to see his first game action since being placed on the disabled list May 16. Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters in Boston on Wednesday that Price's outing is expected to be short and the team would evaluate the performance before determining a more complete schedule.
Previously, Maddon had said Price would make about three minor league rehab starts. The team had set a late June/early July target date for his return to the Rays.
Price has not traveled with the team since sustaining the injury, but he has remained a presence at Tropicana Field during homestands. He is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts this season.