April 02, 2008
The Tampa Bay Rays top two prized lefthanders threw Wednesday, both rehabbing from elbow injuries — both feeling good about their progress the St. Petersburg Times reported.
Ace LHP Scott Kazmir said he felt great Wednesday after throwing his second bullpen session in four days, this time integrating his changeup in a 45-pitch session at the Naimoli complex. Kazmir, rehabbing a left elbow strain, threw 35 fastballs, 10 changeups, feeling good about his command while right-handed batter standing in the box. Kazmir will next throw another bullpen on Saturday, mixing in some sliders. The lefty said he's still "shooting for" a mid-to-late April return, but that will depend on how he progresses.
Price, who left a minor league start Mar. 20 with a strained left elbow, played catch Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury. The Rays top pick said he threw from 60 feet 25 times, saying, "It felt good." Price would have likely made the Vero Beach Devil Rays opening day start Thursday night. Initially thought to be six weeks away from his first regular start, Price said he'll throw four times in extended spring games before heading to Vero.