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 loses battle with towel, hurts neck
Posted Mar 8, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 05:47 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE David Price injured his neck while toweling off his head after the second inning of Thursday’s game with the Tigers.
Yes, you read that right.
While toweling off his head the Rays left-handed pitcher hurt his neck.
What’s more, it was the third time Price suffered the injury since last spring training.
“I was drying my head off after the second inning. It’s happened to me two times before. I catch the back of my head and it pulls my head forward,” Price said. “I felt it in the back of my neck.”
Said manager Joe Maddon: “David might need better technique when it comes to toweling himself down. He’s been doing it for 26 years now. Apparently he doesn’t have it down yet.”
Price was supposed to pitch three innings but left after two with what was termed “minor neck spasms.”
“It was spasming,” he said. “There was a little pop and it spasmed up. It gets a little tight. I’ll be all right.”
Price said he does not believe the injury will force him off his pitching schedule.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “The last ones that I’ve had lasted two or three days. I’ll be all right.”
Other than the injury, Price said he was pleased with his day.
He allowed three hits, walked a batter and struck out one. He also pitched himself out of a second and third, one-out situation in the first inning.