Hit in chest by liner, Price only suffers bruise
Rays ace stayed in game for another inning before exiting
BOSTON -- Rays left-hander David Price was cruising in his third inning of scoreless ball against the Red Sox on Sunday when he was hit in the chest by a line drive, eventually being removed for precautionary reasons after four innings.
"That was really, obviously scary," said Maddon, who added that Price should be able to make his next start this week. "You heard a solid thump from the bench. When I went out there, I was concerned. I mean, you get hit in the chest area, there's a lot of bad things that can happen."
With one out in the third and Tampa Bay up, 3-0, en route to an 8-5 victory, Price threw a pitch to Mike Aviles, who smoked a liner right back toward the mound.
Price threw his glove up to protect himself, but it wasn't in time as the ball hit him in the top half of his right chest and bounced toward third base, where Evan Longoria picked it up and threw Aviles out at first.
"I'm just glad it didn't hit me in the head and that we have a third baseman who could turn it into an out," Price said. "I didn't want to come out, but that was the decision that was made and I respect [head athletic trainer] Ron Porterfield and the job he does. At the end of the day, it turned out great. I'm fine and the bullpen guys did a great job. I was watching on my phone while I was laying in bed at the hospital. [Jake] McGee was great."
Maddon and the training staff came out to check on Price, who appeared fine, threw a few warmup pitches and went back to work to close out the inning.
"I just asked him to take his time and Ronnie did a great job, of course," Maddon said. "And he said it was fine, so we let it go. But it just kept getting stiffer and stiffer. We had him get checked out and everything was fine, everything's cool. There's nothing wrong.
"In the cooler weather, the longer he pitched the more he was going to stiffen up, so I think the right thing to do was to take him out."
Price was checked out at Massachusetts General Hospital and all tests came back negative.
Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.