Price optimistic about making next start (updated)
David Price spent Saturday morning undergoing an MRI exam on his injured right hamstring, which revealed a mild strain. The Tigers will hold off until early next week on a decision regarding his next start, but Price sounded optimistic as of Saturday morning.
“I feel fine,” Price said.
Manager Brad Ausmus has some flexibility with the rotation to wait a couple extra days on Price thanks to Monday’s off-day. Though Price’s turn in the rotation comes up next Thursday against the Twins, Ausmus could move up Anibal Sanchez and Shane Greene to pitch without the extra day of rest, and wait on Price as late as Saturday in St. Louis, when the Tigers would need a fifth starter.
Price injured his hamstring when he stepped on Alex Gordon’s bat while backing up home plate on Gordon’s seventh-inning RBI single. Home-plate umpire Alan Porter tossed Gordon’s bat out of the home-plate area to avoid any potential contact with Eric Hosmer, who was rounding third. At nearly the same time, Price was running to back up home and ended up where the bat landed, stepping on the bat with his right foot and rolling it.
“He just threw it in a bad spot. I know he didn’t mean to,” Price said. “It’s just one of those things that happen. I’m a fan of Al’s, so it’s all right.”
Price has yet to miss a start as a Tiger. He missed six weeks as a Ray around this time two seasons ago with a left triceps strain.