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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Price, Gomes will join Rays on Saturday
Posted Sep 12, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Sep 12, 2008 at 10:54 PM
NEW YORK—Top prospect David Price will join the Rays before tomorrow’s doubleheader and will be available to pitch.
Jonny Gomes also will join the Rays tomorrow after Durham’s season ended with a 20-2 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight. Jeff Niemann and Mitch Talbot will join the Rays on Monday in St. Petersburg, unless the Rays burn through so much pitching tomorrow that they need to summon Talbot as a backup for Sunday.
The top overall pick in last year’s draft, Price compiled a 13-1 record and a 2.39 ERA in 21 starts for Vero, Montgomery and Durham, including two playoff outings with the Bulls. He last pitched Tuesday in Scranton, allowing four runs in six innings in the opener of the Governors’ Cup finals.
The Rays will use all three pitchers—starters the entire season—out of the bullpen for the time being. But there is at least one spot start available, in the second game of the Sept. 23 doubleheader at Baltimore, and Joe Maddon seemed to hint Wednesday that Price might get the call as he noted how many good left-handed hitters the Orioles have.
“I think the important thing is to get them into games and get them some experience,” Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said of the pitchers. “I am sensitive to the expectations that are out there with David. This is his first year of professional baseball and he still does have some things to work on. That said, we feel like in certain situations he can help us.”