1:58 AM EDT, July 30, 2014
MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - INSIDE PITCH
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - David Price might be making his last start for the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, and on Tuesday he again handled questions about possibly being traded before the non-waiver deadline on Thursday.
The left-handed former Cy Young Award winner handled it with his normal nonchalance, but affirmed that he prefers to stay with the Rays.
That the Rays have won 11 of their last 12 games, and Price won a career-high sixth consecutive start in his last outing to solidify his preference.
"We were 18 games under .500 and 15 games out of first place," Price said. "We cut that in half. We're close to .500 baseball right now. It's definitely impacted what we've been doing."
But with Price likely to fetch as much as $20 million after this season through arbitration and become a free agent after the 2015 season, the typically frugal Rays management has a tough decision to make regarding playing for now and for the future.
"I'll just continue to be the same person on the field every day," Price said. "This is what I love to do. I'm not going to let this stuff get me down. That's no fun. [I'll] just go out here and work hard. Try and give myself a chance to win every fifth day. And hopefully, it's in a Rays uniform in two starts."
Oddly, Price will face one of his reported suitors -- the Milwaukee Brewers -- on Wednesday in the conclusion of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, assistant general manager Gord Ash, senior director of baseball operations Tom Flanagan and pro scouting director Zack Minasian are all with the team. That is apparently not completely uncommon, Melvin said, but the timing is compelling for a team holding a slim lead over St. Louis in the National League Central.
"I guess we'll have some answers in the next couple of days and see how it goes," Price said. "[I] just kind of have to wait and see."
MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
NEXT: Brewers (RHP Yovani Gallardo, 5-5, 3.57 ERA) vs. Rays (LHP David Price, 11-7, 3.08 ERA)
--RF Wil Myers will have a schedule for his return from a right wrist fracture determined on Friday. He expects to take live batting practice on Saturday. Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, has played just 53 games this season and was batting .227 with five home runs and 52 strikeouts when he was injured in May.
--C Ryan Hanigan reported soreness in his balky oblique after taking batting practice at Tropicana Field on Tuesday and will be shelved briefly, according to manager Joe Maddon. Hanigan, who has experienced several nagging injuries this season, was to begin a rehab assignment at Class A Charlotte on Wednesday.
--OF David DeJesus cannot yet swing a bat because of weakness in his broken left hand, but is no longer wearing a brace. On the disabled list since breaking his hand on a check swing on June 19, DeJesus is batting .269 in 62 games.
--RHP Alex Cobb (16-6) outlasted Brewers RHP Matt Garza to win his fifth straight decision, allowing a run on three hits, with two walks and 12 strikeouts over eight innings in a 5-1 win at Tropicana Field.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're playing for the World Series. That's been our objective from Day 1. I'm telling you, we're one of the best teams in the American League." - Rays manager Joe Maddon, whose team has won 11 of its last 12 games.
MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - ROSTER REPORT
--C Ryan Hanigan (left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 9. He ran the bases and caught a bullpen session July 25. He will play a rehab game July 30 for Class A Charlotte and was scheduled to be activated Aug. 1. However, he experienced soreness on July 29, which may delay his return.
--RHP Joel Peralta (illness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 13. He threw a bullpen session July 25. He made a rehab appearance with Class A Charlotte on July 26. He was activated July 28.
--RF Wil Myers (right wrist sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 31, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 18. It was decided June 3 that he would not need surgery, although he was in a cast until it was removed in mid-July. He hit off a tee for first time July 25. He might return in mid-August. Myers will have a schedule for his return determined on Aug. 1 and expects to take live batting practice on Aug. 2.
--INF/OF Jerry Sands (strained tendon in left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list June 23. He underwent season-ending surgery July 22.
--DH David DeJesus (fractured left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list June 19. His brace has been removed but as of July 29, he still was unable to swing a bat. He might return in early to mid-August.
--SS Tim Beckham (right knee surgery in December 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 1. He was training with the Rays' high Class A club as of mid-April. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on July 21.
--LHP Matt Moore (left elbow surgery in April 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list April 8, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 27. He is out for the season.
LHP David Price
RHP Chris Archer
RHP Jake Odorizzi
RHP Alex Cobb
RHP Jeremy Hellickson
LHP Jake McGee (closer)
RHP Joel Peralta
RHP Kirby Yates
RHP Grant Balfour
RHP Brad Boxberger
LHP Cesar Ramos
LHP Jeff Beliveau
1B James Loney
2B Logan Forsythe
SS Yunel Escobar
3B Evan Longoria
INF Cole Figueroa
LF Matt Joyce
CF Desmond Jennings
RF Ben Zobrist
OF/INF Sean Rodriguez
OF Kevin Kiermaier
OF Brandon Guyer
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