As much as the rotation has struggled as of late, help may be in the way soon. David Price threw a simulated game yesterday, and was better than anyone could have hoped. Manager Joe Maddon stated that he “exceeded expectations” during his 54 pitch outing.
"“He looked he could pitch in an actual game today, he was that good,” Maddon said. “Velocity on fastball was way up there, slider, changeup – everything was outstanding. I thought he looked ready to go.”"
It was originally thought that Price would need to make three rehab starts; however, with the way he has looked during his bullpen sessions and now during the simulated game, that number may be decreasing. Perhaps a part of this is a bit of desperation as the Rays look to remain in contention in the American League East, although it may be possible that the rest was all the Price needed. As it stands, barring a setback, Price may be back in the rotation sooner than anticipated.
All-Star rosters still won’t be announced for a while yet, but the Rays already have one person that will be part of the festivities in New York. Ron Porterfield was named as a member of the American League side, and will be a part of the July 16th game at Citi Field.
Finally, Vince Belnome was named the Rays MiLB Player for May, as he .345, with 15 RBIs and scoring another 15 runs. Congratulations to Vince on winning this award.