ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Left-hander David Price was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left triceps strain, the Tampa Bay Rays announced Thursday. Left-hander Alex Torres was recalled from Triple-A Durham.
“We’re just giving it some time to calm down,” Price said. “That’s really what we’re doing right now. I feel pretty good. I felt better than when I left last night. We’re just giving it a little bit of time to heal. … I’ll be back out there in a couple weeks.”
Price, who’s serving his first stint on the disabled list since he began his major league career in 2008, left in the top of the third inning of the Rays’ 9-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at Tropicana Field because of pain. The pitcher motioned to head Rays athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, pitching coach Jim Hickey and manager Joe Maddon, and all three visited the mound. After a brief delay, Price walked toward the dugout alongside Porterfield. Right-hander Jamey Wright came in to relieve him.
Price was charged with four earned runs and five hits on 57 pitches in the loss. He’s 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts this season.
“I think we’re very fortunate with the outcome of it,” Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. “With pitchers’ arms, you never know how bad it can be. I think we got a pretty good break with the results of the testing.”
Maddon said he expects Price’s stay on the disabled list to be “minimal.” But Price said he won’t throw for a few days, and he doesn’t have plans to travel on Tampa Bay’s upcoming six-game road trip to Baltimore and Toronto.
“If it’s minimal like I think it’s going to be, I would think that getting him quiet – exercising, normal throwing program, maybe a small sim game before he actually pitches, a couple days in advance to get on the mound and get some hitters up there,” Maddon said. “That might be where it’s at right now.”
Torres, 25, is 2-2 with a 2.39 ERA in seven Triple-A starts this season. He allowed one run and five hits in 4 2/3 innings in three appearances in spring training. He had a 3.38 ERA over four appearances with the Rays in 2011, his only major league experience to this point.
“It’s new territory for me,” Price said. “I’ve never really had any arm troubles. … It’s frustrating. It is. I think it’s even more so frustrating because I’m throwing the ball as bad as I am.”