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Price hurts neck in Rays' split-squad loss

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM
PORT CHARLOTTE -

David Price injured his neck while toweling off his head after the second inning of Thursday's 8-1 split-squad loss to the Tigers at Charlotte Sports Park.

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."

That led Rays manager Joe Maddon to make a wry observation.

"David might need better technique when it comes to toweling himself down," Maddon said.

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.

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the third inning when former Ray Delmon Young launched a home run that sailed over the boardwalk in left field.

Jeremy Hellickson allowed three runs in the sixth inning.

The crowd of 6,926, many of them rooting for the Tigers, produced the first sellout of the spring at Charlotte Sports Park.

At Fort Myers, the Rays' split squad defeated the Twins, 1-0.


rmooney@tampatrib.com

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