There was quite a lot of news on the injury front for the Rays last night. First, the positive: David Price is on his way back to the Rays rotation. He will make his first start since going on the disabled list on Tuesday, July 2nd, against the Houston Astros.
“He’s ready to go,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We felt that pretty strongly. He feels very good. There’s no reason to have him throw those 90 pitches in Port Charlotte so we’ll just have him do it for us. He’s adamant that he felt great, the medical staff feels good about it, so let’s do it with us.”
Price will have three starts before the All-Star Break, facing the Astros twice around a start against the Chicago White Sox. As neither team has had much in the way of offense this season, it may be the perfect time for Price to get himself acclimated to the majors again before the Rays look to go on their second half run.
Unfortunately, as one player is on the way back, another vital member of the Rays may be lost. Evan Longoria irritated the plantar fasciitis in his right foot running out a ground ball in the second inning last night, and is expected to miss at least the rest of the weekend. Longoria was sent home with his foot in a boot, but the extent of the injury is unknown as of now. As it stands, teh Rays are hopeful that he can avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Finally, some sad news, as former Rays farmhand Justin Miller was found dead in his home. The cause of death has yet to be determined. Miller, who spent part of the 2006 season with the Durham Bulls, spent seven years in the majors with the Marlins, Blue Jays, Giants and Dodgers. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.