Monday, March 24, 2008
Rays pitcher David Price, the top pick in the 2007 draft, is going to be out for at least six weeks with a muscle strain in his left elbow. The main reason the Rays plan to take their time with Price is because he has yet to make his professional debut, so he will have to strengthen his arm once healthy to get it up to speed. "The good news is that obviously it's nothing significant,'' executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "We had that sense pretty soon after it happened but it's always good to get confirmation. Hearing the report the biggest delay is just going to be in terms of building him back up not necessarily getting him healthy.'' The Rays planned to start him at Vero Beach, but it is likely he will stay in extended Spring Training until he gets healthy.