June 23, 2021

For Dodgers’ David Price, change of scenery means change in role and scrutiny

first_imgDodgers manager Dave Roberts joked Sunday that Price might sleep in his uniform he was so anxious to pitch. Price acknowledged it was an exciting day for him.“Absolutely. It’s the first time I’ve been in the game for six, almost seven months,” Price said. “My legs were shaking out there. If you love what you do you’re gonna have nerves. I definitely had them out there today. It was fun. I definitely enjoyed it, getting back out there. Wasn’t missing by much. For the first time, I’m okay with it.”It’s not Price’s first time changing teams. He was traded from Tampa to Detroit and Detroit to Toronto, brief stopovers before he signed a seven-year, $217-million free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox.However, it is the 34-year-old Price’s first time being a marked-down addition to a deal. Seeking payroll relief, the Red Sox attached Price to Mookie Betts, agreeing to pay half of the $96 million still owed to Price over the next three seasons so the Dodgers would take him.“This is a business, first and foremost,” Price said. “I learned that probably when I was traded from Tampa. I was naive at the time. I thought I was going to be a Ray for life and Andrew (Friedman) broke my heart. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco GOODYEAR, Ariz. — David Price has generated a lot of headlines throughout a career that includes a Cy Young award, five All-Star appearances, two trips to the World Series and years spent as the ace of a staff.His first spring with the Dodgers has been a little different, though. The No. 3 starter behind Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw and the No. 2 name in the trade that brought him to Los Angeles, Price has noticed a different level of media attention.“I threw (a live batting practice session early in camp) against Mookie Betts. Nobody asked me about it,” he said Monday after making his first Cactus League appearance. “I figured I would be asked about facing Mookie and how the wrist felt. That’s what I’m accustomed to.”Monday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds was more newsworthy. It was Price’s first since surgery last September to remove a growth in his wrist that had impacted his circulation for years. Four of the first six batters reached base and two scored. Price couldn’t make it through a second scheduled inning when his pitch count reached 40.center_img “This is a business and teams are going different routes now than what they used to. Some of it I understand, some of it I don’t. If I was in that owner seat and I could do things the way they’re doing it – I try to wrap my head around it that way and understand what they’re trying to do. There’s no hard feelings on my part, by any means. My job is to play baseball and that’s what I’m going to do.”Price dismissed the idea that he would use the perceived slight as extra motivation but acknowledged that a change of scenery can be a good thing.“I don’t need any extra motivation,” he said. “Any day I get to put on this uniform or any other uniform that’s motivation enough for me. You know, I care about what I do.”19TH HOLESeveral players from around the Cactus League turned out for the Pujols Family Foundation event hosted by Albert Pujols at a TopGolf location on Sunday night including the Angels’ Mike Trout, and the Dodgers’ Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger.Videos of Trout and Bellinger slugging away at the driving range made the rounds Monday morning – which made for questions when Bellinger was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup at Goodyear against the Cincinnati Reds.“Bellinger is fine. He felt a little something on his body when he was doing his early work,” Roberts said, narrowing the discomfort down to “something in his side.“It’s really not a big deal. Cody wants to play. But there’s no gain. It just makes no sense. … I don’t think it’s TopGolf. I really don’t.”Roberts said Bellinger would not likely play in Wednesday’s night game either.URIAS DEBUTLeft-hander Julio Urias was supposed to follow Price by throwing two innings. He didn’t get through one, allowing two unearned runs after an error, a walk, a single and a sacrifice fly. He was pulled when his pitch count was elevated.Related Articles “I felt good,” Urias said through an interpreter. “I’m working still on the same things. I’ve been working on my mechanics and I felt really comfortable. I actually felt better than my last live BP. It just wasn’t my day.”Urias threw the equivalent of a second inning in the bullpen after leaving the game.“Julio is fine,” Roberts said. “I think that we’ve still got to keep building him up. But I think that him getting into a normal routine, he’s only getting better.”ALSODesignated for assignment on Friday, right-hander Yadier Alvarez cleared waivers and will report to minor-league camp. … Right-hander Jimmy Nelson has resumed throwing after being shut down for a few days with lower body discomfort. … Outfielder Joc Pederson hit in the batting cage again Monday. “The back-to-back is a positive,” Roberts said. Pederson has yet to play in a game due to soreness in his right side and hip. … With the Dodgers off on Tuesday and playing a night game Wednesday, Tony Gonsolin (Tuesday in a camp game) and Alex Wood (Wednesday afternoon against the visiting Hawha Eagles from the Korean professional league) will pitch at Camelback Ranch instead of in Cactus League games this time around. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img

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