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Allergies hampering Rays' Price traced to laundry

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Published:   |   Updated: May 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM
ST. PETERSBURG -

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price revealed Tuesday that he has been severely affected by allergies this season that have causes skin rashes and blurred vision and that he underwent an allergy test earlier in the day.
 
The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner is 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA heading into tonight's game with the Boston Red Sox. When asked if his allergies contributed to his poor start, Price said, “I would never say yes.”
 
Manager Joe Maddon would.
 
“Of course,” Maddon said when asked the same question.
 
Price said his allergies hit hard in early January, right around the time he began working out at Tropicana Field. He said the problem was traced to the new chemical ejection system in the washing machines in the Rays clubhouse.
 
“That's why my neck was so bad. That's why my eyes are so bad, the back of my hands, because all the towels I use when I'm working out,” Price said. “I put a towel on my neck when I'm sitting on the bench, I have a towel for my face and my eyes.”
 
As a precaution, Price's uniform, workout clothes and towels are washed separately from the rest of the team. Rays equipment manager Chris Westmoreland said no one else on the team has had the same reaction as Price.
 
“We want to isolate his clothes just in case it has something to do with the new ejection system,” Westmoreland said.
 
Price said he thought it might have something to do with the laundry when he wore a T-shirt that had not been washed at the Trop while working out and developed a rash.
 
Price said the allergies affect his eyes so much that he sometimes has trouble seeing while on the mound.
 
“There's definitely been many times this year I've had to step off the mound because I couldn't see the signs,” Price said. “All the trainers, they all knew that I couldn't see and that my vision was extremely blurry at the time. It (stinks).”
 
Maddon, who suffers from allergies, said it's easy to see how they can hinder a player.
 
“Just concentration-wise, it's not that easy,” Maddon said. “Literally, your head feels like a block of cement. … David doesn't make excuses. 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.”
 
Price said Tuesday's tests revealed nothing he didn't already know.
 
“We were just trying to figure it out for my eyes. I can't see anything,” he said. “Everything's blurry. They gave me some eye drops and some nasal spray, and that's supposed to help. When I put the eye drops in on the way to the field, it wasn't blurry anymore, so that was good. Hopefully it'll get better.”
 
 

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