04/27/2013 9:02 PM ET
Maddon confident Price will turn things around
By John Jackson / Special to MLB.com
CHICAGO -- As the calendar nears May, David Price, last year's American League Cy Young Award winner, is winless with a 5.52 ERA, and the Rays have dropped each of his first five starts.
But manager Joe Maddon said on Saturday that he's not concerned about his ace or the frustration he's shown so far.
"[It's] a little more than normal, but he's gotten over it and gets back to being himself," Maddon said of Price's frustration following his starts. "I know that he holds some very high standards for himself. I know, and I feel very comfortable saying, he's going to be good record-wise by the end of the season. The numbers are gonna be there.
"It's been a very disappointing start, but he's been able to shake off disappointment and come back and support the rest of the group."
Price gets his final chance to register a win in April on Sunday when he faces the Chicago White Sox in the finale of the four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Maddon has said repeatedly that he's not concerned about Price, and side-stepped the question of when he might become concerned.
"The concern would be based on him not throwing the ball like he can; if there was an injury," Maddon said. "That would be my concern. But a guy that young, that athletic, that good, in good health, you know that it's gonna come back to him."
Molina day to day after being hit by a pitch
CHICAGO -- Rays catcher Jose Molina had to leave in the fourth inning of Saturday night's 10-4 win against the Chicago White Sox after being hit by a pitch just above the right knee. He is listed as day to day with a right quad contusion.
After being hit by Sox reliever Hector Santiago, Molina immediately went down and stayed on the ground for a couple of minutes as he was attended to by trainer Ron Porterfield. At that point, Molina got up and walked to first base. It appeared he was going to stay in the game, but then he headed to the dugout and was replaced by backup catcher Jose Lobaton.
"I think he's fine," manager Joe Maddon said. "It got him somewhere around the knee. Ronnie told me it was not bone, just a muscle area, so he's probably gonna be stiff and sore [on Sunday]. I don't know what his availability will be [Sunday], but nothing horrible."
With a day game after a night game, Molina wasn't scheduled to be in the lineup on Sunday anyway.
Escobar day to day with tight hamstring
CHICAGO -- Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar remains day to day with right hamstring tightness.
"He's doing better," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's still not ready to go, he's not ready to go out there yet, but he's doing much better. It's kind of going away little by little. I don't want to press it right now and have any kind of setback. It's getting better, but it's not time to push it."
A premature return from even a minor hamstring injury can result in a worse injury and a prolonged absence, so the Rays are likely to play it safe -- especially for a player like Escobar, who relies on speed. Because the Rays have an off-day on Monday, they might hold Escobar out until Tuesday when they open a series at Kansas City.
"There's a shot that it may turn out that way," Maddon said.
Designated hitter Luke Scott, who is on a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte while recovering from a strained right calf, was OK after being removed from the game following getting hit on the elbow on Friday night. Scott was back in the lineup Saturday night.
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.