David Price working to get handle on allergies
MAY 14, 2013 9:13p ET
What do ya know...I'm allergic to EVERYTHING!!! Hives everywhere...I just want to scratch myself for an hour twitter.com/DAVIDprice14/s…— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) May 14, 2013
Price didn’t go as far to say that the odd breakouts were to blame for his slow start — “I would never say ‘yes,’ ” he said — but manager Joe Maddon admitted that this has been a factor for the pitcher since spring training. Maddon compared some of Price’s outbreaks to that of Will Smith’s character in the 2005 romantic comedy “Hitch.”
“He had that look about him,” Maddon said. “His eyes were swollen. He was just awful. Being an allergy guy myself — not to that extent — it's really no fun. You get headaches. It's kind of a funky day when your allergies are really kicking in. David doesn't complain. He just keeps going about his business. We were just in Kansas City (April 30-May 2) and Colorado (May 3-5), and they kicked in again out there ... As we move around the world right now this time of the year, different areas present different problems. And the guys that have it bad, it's no fun.
“Just concentration-wise, it's not that easy. Your head feels like a block of cement ... David doesn't make excuses. I'd like to believe nobody around here makes excuses. I'm just saying that there are contributing factors there."
Signs of Price’s allergy test were present Tuesday. The pitcher’s arms included more than 50 needle marks. He suffers from multiple allergies — “Everything,” he said, when asked what he has — and he said the Kansas City trip was the worst for his condition.
"I would feel better on the road, yeah,” Price said. “It was bad. It just depends on where you are. In Kansas City, my allergies were freaking terrible. Terrible."
Price, who has a 1-3 record with a 4.78 ERA, is scheduled to start against Boston at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. The Rays are 2-6 in his starts this season.
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