David Price believes he's ready to return to the Tampa Bay Rays' rotation after making an effective second rehab start Tuesday.
The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner has been on the disabled list since May 16 due to a left triceps strain.
Pitching Tuesday for high Class A Charlotte, Price fired five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and one walk while striking out eight in the Stone Crabs' 3-2 win over the Bradenton Marauders in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Following the game, he told the Tampa Bay Times he hopes his next outing is for the Rays.
"Obviously it's not in my hands, but I put my best foot forward today," Price said. "It was very good to have the results I had today, to be able to throw the ball the way I threw it today was really good."
Price gave up two runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings for Charlotte last Friday.
Before landing on the DL, Price was 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts for Tampa Bay this year. He was a long way from the form he displayed last year, when he finished 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 211 innings.