Rays pitcher David Price said he is ready to return to the team rotation. (Photo by Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)
Tampa Bay Rays lefthander David Price, sidelined since May with a left triceps strain, says he's ready to rejoin the Rays rotation.
Price said it's up to the organization when he will come off the disabled list. Price had his second rehab start Wednesday for Class-A Charlotte, throwing five two-hit innings while striking out eight in 72 pitches. His return will be needed by the Rays as the pitching staff is 10th in the AL in ERA.
"Obviously it's not in my hands, but I put my best foot forward today," Price said to the Tampa Bay Times. "It was very good to have the results I had today, to be able to throw the ball the way I threw it today was really good.
Price is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 55 innings this season for the Rays. Last season, Price won the American League Cy Young award after going 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 205 strikeouts. He says he hopes to start sometime next week.
"It'd be awesome," Price said. "I'm tired of missing road trips, that stuff kind of wears on you whenever I'm sitting at home, watching baseball games and not being on the bench and being around all my teammates. I'm looking forward to Friday and getting in there and seeing what they have to say."SI WIRE: Mark Teixeira's season likely over