Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Allergies might be behind Price’s poor start
Posted May 14, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 14, 2013 at 05:55 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price underwent an allergy test Tuesday morning and received drops for his eyes, which he hopes clears up the vision issues and skin rashes he’s been experiencing this season.
“It’s been terrible,” Price said.
Part of the reason Price said might be the new chemical ejection system used in the clubhouse washing machines. Price said he noticed the rashes when he wore the undershirts and uniforms washed by the Rays clubhouse crew.
Price has won just once this season in eight starts. His ERA is 4.78. When asked if this could be the reason behind his subpar start, Price said, “I would never say yes.”
Rays equipment manager Chris Westmoreland said no one else on the team has been affected in the same manner as Price. As a precaution Westmoreland said Price’s clothes are being washed separately.
“We want to isolate his clothes just in case it has something to do with the new ejection system,” Westmoreland said.
Price said the allergies have caused his eyes to tear. Sometimes while pitching he said he has to step off the mound because he can’t see the signs from the catcher.
“All the trainers they all knew that I couldn’t see and that my vision was extremely blurry at the time,” Price said. “It (stinks).”
Rays manager Joe Maddon, a fellow allergy suffer, said the allergies could have an impact on Price’s performance.
“David doesn’t make excuses,” Maddon said. “I would like to say that everyone around here doesn’t make excuses, but I’m just saying there is contributing factors. … I’m telling you it’s a bad day. The bounce is not the same bounce, because it’s hard to get all that clear. It’s intense.”