PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- David Price had to leave Thursday's game against the Tigers an inning early due to a "towel" injury that left him with a stiff neck, which he doesn't believe to be serious.
The Rays left-hander went to the bench after finishing his second inning of work and began to dry off with a towel when the freakish incident occurred.
"I was just drying my head off in between innings after the second inning," said Price, holding his head especially still. "It's happened to me two times before, the towel kind of catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck forward and I just felt it a little bit in the back of my neck. I just want to be cautious with it."
Price described what occurred as having a spasm in his neck.
"Just a little pop then it spasms up, gets pretty tight, but I'll be all right," Price said. "Just being cautious right now."
Price had been scheduled to throw three innings in his second start of the spring, but he cut his outing short to receive treatment.
"I just got done doing a lot of treatment," Price said. "It's OK. The last [neck spasm] I had lasted two or three days."
Price has had other bouts with neck stiffness in the past.
"One time was a year ago, and [it took] four days [to get better]," Price said. "And one time was in September last year and I pitched with it in September last year. So it's all right."