ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL Cy Young winner David Price was put on the disabled list Thursday for the first time in his career, a day after the struggling Tampa Bay ace was slowed by a strained left triceps.
Price went on the 15-day DL. The left-hander exited Wednesday night’s loss to Boston after allowing four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Price is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts this year.
“We’re just giving it some time to calm down,” Price said. “I feel pretty good today. I feel better than when I left last night.”
Price expects to be able to pitch again in a couple weeks.
“It’s new territory for me, I’ve never really had any arm troubles,” he said. “I missed a start last year with my shoulder, but that was all done in the weight room and that went away. It’s frustrating. I think even more so frustrating because I’m throwing the ball as bad as I am. It’s rough.”
Price he didn’t feel anything wrong in his arm until four or five pitches during the third inning against the Red Sox.
“I felt it get tight,” Price said. “After it happened the first couple times, I didn’t think it was going away.”
Price will not throw for at least a couple days. Manager Joe Maddon said after Wednesday night’s game that an MRI on Price showed no hot spots.
“I’ll be OK,” Price said.
Tampa Bay recalled left-hander Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham.