ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays starting pitcher David Price was pulled before the eighth inning of Friday's win against the Tigers, but after a routine bullpen session, he should be fine to pitch his next scheduled start.
"It was normal," Tampa Bay pitching coach Jim Hickey said. "His bullpens have been relatively short over the last month and a half by design, and he did the same thing today. It was probably about a 20-pitch deal, but it was all normal."
Price had been breezing through Detroit's lineup in his seven innings of work, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
In the seventh inning, Price threw a fastball to Prince Fielder that caused him to tighten up. As he was making warm up tosses before the eighth, manager Joe Maddon elected to turn to his bullpen as a precautionary measure.
After the game, Price said definitively that he would be able to make his next start, and Hickey echoed those sentiments on Sunday, saying there was "no question" that he would be fine.
Greg Zeck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.