Even though the Rays did not have a Spring Training game scheduled for Wednesday, not everyone had the day off. While the rest of the team was relaxing, David Price appeared in a minor league game against Frederick Keys, the Baltimore Orioles affiliate in the Carolina League.
Why was Price facing a group of minor leaguers? Because they wanted to keep him on schedule for his Opening Day start. As it may be expected, Price dominated, allowing only four hits in his five innings while striking out six batters. Most importantly, Price said that he felt good out on the mound.
“I felt good,” Price said. “I was able to throw strikes, get a lot of ground balls. So that was good. It’s all about getting up and down right now and we were able to do that five times with no issues. My legs feel good, my back, my arm, all feel real good right now. That’s the main key and that’s what we were able to accomplish today.”
Price also worked on his pitches, with success. He said that he was “throwing everything, trying to throw strikes. And I felt like my changeup was pretty good today. But whenever I get back out there on the main field we’ll see how that goes.”
With the regular season less than three weeks away, today’s 60 pitch outing was an excellent sign as Price gets himself ready for Opening Day. Meanwhile, Price has three more starts during Spring Training, as he looks to build upon his momentum before his appearance against the Orioles on April 2nd.