Rays Notes: David Price Takes the Next Step in His Rehab

By David Hill

The Tampa Bay Rays have been cautious with David Price during his rehab, and for good reason. No one wants to see Price rushed back, only to have to worry about possibly reinjuring his triceps. Yesterday, he took the next step in his rehab, throwing 38 pitches from the mound in a bullpen session before last night’s game against the Orioles. Price threw all his pitches, and said he felt good afterwards.

"“It felt good to get back on the mound,” said Price. “I threw everything. Nothing bothered me. I didn’t feel anything in my arm or anywhere else.”"

Even though the Rays have yet to give a timetable for when Price will begin a rehab assignment, his bullpen session today is certainly encouraging. Hopefully, he feels as good tomorrow, and can get himself ready to return to the rotation in the near future.

Speaking of Price, Rays first round selection Nick Ciuffo reached out to him in an attempt to get his jersey number, as Ciuffo wore number 14 through college.

Price responded back:

Perhaps Ciuffo can end up taking number 41, which has not been worn since 2009 by Michel Hernandez. Seems safe to say that Price has a lock on 14, but should Ciuffo reach the majors while Price is a Ray, the opposite would not be a bad option.