August 21, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Scratched from his last start, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price will return to the starting rotation on Friday to take on C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees in New York, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
LHP David Price said his bullpen session went very well, and he is set to start Friday in New York.
"I felt good today,'' Price said. "I felt very good. It was a a good step forward today. We should be good to go.''
Price, 27, missed his Saturday start at home against the Rangers because of "general soreness" in his throwing shoulder. The tall left-hander told Topkin he was worried about how his arm would respond to the bullpen session but that he felt no ill effects after throwing over thirty pitches at full speed.
The Rays are still unclear as to the cause of their ace's temporary shoulder ailment, but Price is confident it will no longer be an issue. In twenty-seven starts on the season, Price owns an AL-best 2.54 ERA and 8.7 K/9 across one hundred eighty and two-thirds innings.