Rays Roundup: David Price Feels Good After Rehab Start, Good News for Ceasr Ramos

By David Hill

David Price made his first rehab appearance as he looks to make his way back to the Rays rotation. Pitching for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, he threw 49 pitches, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. He struck out four, and threw 29 of his pitches for strikes. Most importantly, he said that he felt fine after the game.

"“I’m never satisfied but I felt good,” Price said. “And that was the biggest thing, getting out there, facing opposing hitters, hearing the walk-up songs, hearing the PA announcer. It’s all new to me, it’s been a month and a half, almost five and a half, six weeks. It feels good to get back out there.”"

Even though there is no timetable yet for his return, it is expected that Price will make one more rehab start before rejoining the Rays at the beginning of July.

Cesar Ramos received a pleasant early morning wakeup yesterday, as he was visited by his fiance Melanie McCauley, who arrived in New York to travel with Ramos. She had been undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and is now well enough to travel and return back to the Tampa area with Ramos, who was certainly glad to see her.

"“Definitely a great feeling, a huge relief, just having her here,’’ Ramos said. “Hopefully that’s it with her battle. Hopefully that’s the end of it, and it stays away, and we move forward.’’"

Hopefully, she can remain cancer free, and her and Ramos can get back to building their lives together.

Finally, the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Rays that had been postponed on May 2nd now has a makeup date. The two teams will face each other in the makeup game on Monday, August 26th, at 1:10 PM.