Rays Notes: David Price Feels ‘Guuuoood’, Fernando Rodney Seeks His groove

By David Hill

A day after being placed on the disabled list, it appears as though David Price may not be on there for much longer than the minimum 15 days, if he is to be believed. In his first tweet since then, Price said he was “feeling pretty good” after his rehab.

Actually, what he said was:

"Good days work at the field…feeling pretty guuood!! I miss my teammates already— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) May 17, 2013"

Unfortunately, it appears as though that triceps strain has affected Price’s ability to spell. However, if the DL stint can have him back to throwing 97 MPH fastballs and looking like the Cy Young Award caliber pitcher he has been, then his spelling won’t matter. The biggest concern is to get Price back, and healthy, for the Rays to push for playoff contention.

With Price being hurt, it is likely that a bigger burden would be placed upon the bullpen. A big part of that is Fernando Rodney, who has not been close to the same pitcher he was last year. However, manager Joe Maddon is not concerned at this point, and feels that Rodney just needs to find his groove.

"“Stuff is great,” Maddon said. “You can see the stuff. The velocity hit 100 [mph] again. The stuff is fantastic. We’ve just got to get him back into that groove where he’s getting ahead in counts and being able to dictate to the hitters more. Pitching with that kind of stress all the time makes it very difficult.”"

Control has definitely been an issue for Rodney, as he has allowed 15 walks in 15.2 innings thus far this year. Getting first pitch strikes, and then being able to set up batters for his devastating changeup, may be the difference. Hopefully, he is able to get himself on track, and revert to his form of last season.

Finally, one last note about last night’s 12-10 victory over the Orioles, courtesy of Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune:

"Hellickson first #rays pitcher to earn victory despite allowing 8 earned runs since Victor Zambrano 7/24/03 vs Boston— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) May 18, 2013"