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Rays’ Price removes himself from rainy minor-league game

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 05:10 PM

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PORT CHARLOTTE -

Rays pitcher David Price was not happy when it began raining at the start of his outing Monday afternoon in a minor-league game on a practice field at Charlotte Sports Park.

The steady rain made the mound slippery and the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner was concerned he would injure himself, or miss inside with his fastball and injure a batter.

After a 37-pitch first inning where he walked three batters and allowed a hit, Price removed himself from the Triple-A game and continued to throw 34 more pitches off a mound inside the Rays’ batting cages.

“I made the decision,” he said. “It’s absolutely terrible and five minutes after I make the decision the game is called, because everybody who was down there came to the cages. I don’t know. It didn’t make very much sense today.”

When asked if he accomplished anything, he said, “No, I didn’t. I moved it to the bullpen and we’re in the cages and still I’m soaking wet. Cleats weighed 20 pounds, not something you would have started in a baseball game.

“We wouldn’t have started in those conditions. It’s rough. Everybody wants to get their work in, obviously. We’re counting down for Opening Day and you want to be ready for it, but today wasn’t the right way to do it.”

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