Price optioned to Triple-A Durham
Left-handed pitcher one of five sent down on Wednesday
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Lefty David Price will start the season in the Minor Leagues.
The Rays' top prospect headed a list of five players optioned to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday night.
Joining Price were outfielder Justin Ruggiano, infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson, catcher John Jaso and shortstop Reid Brignac.
These cuts indicate that the No. 5 spot in the rotation is now a two-man competition between Jeff Niemann and Jason Hammel.
Meanwhile, Ruggiano was a surprise, since the Rays will be without B.J. Upton at the beginning of the season, and Ruggiano appeared to be a leading candidate to be the fifth outfielder.