Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's official: Price to start year in Durham

Pitcher David Price was among five players sent to Tampa Bay's minor-league spring training today, culling major-league camp to 37.

Infielder Reid Brignac, catcher John Jaso, infielder Elliot Johnson and outfielder Justin Ruggiano were also assigned to Triple-A Durham's roster.

The Rays want Price to improve his change-up, which would give him three quality major-league pitches. He'll need three to be the dominant starter that Tampa Bay envisions.

Ruggiano's demotion makes it a possibility that Rashad Eldridge will return to Montgomery this year. The other three demotions are not a surprise.

Of the 37 survivors, there are eight non-roster invitees: pitcher Jason Isringhausen, catcher Michel Hernandez, infielders Morgan Ensberg, Adam Kennedy, Ray Olmedo and Chris Richard, and outfielders Ray Sadler and Jon Weber.

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