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Price could be with Rays next month

Price could join Rays next month

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SEATTLE -- Now that top prospect David Price has been moved up to Triple-A Durham, there's just one more step to take. And don't think the Rays aren't mulling over the prospect of having the talented left-hander on their Major League roster at some point during the final two months of the season.

"We have spoken about him in regard to him prior to September," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've had a lot of discussions, and we just want to do the right thing as we perceive them to be the right things. ... His performance to this point has been spectacular. Moving him up to Triple-A, we just wanted to see him get involved a little bit. We have several different scenarios that we've kind of created mentally. We'll see how it all plays out. We're prepared to do a couple of different things as we see fit."

Last season, the Yankees received a boost from Joba Chamberlain, who had been starting in the Minor Leagues, to assume a setup role down the stretch. Could such a scenario work with Price? Reporters asked Maddon that question Sunday.

"That's not impossible," Maddon said. "That's a possibility. We've discussed a variety of different ideas about him. We haven't talked specifically about it, but we've talked among ourselves, among Minor League staff members, front-office people, everybody's been included in the conversation."

The Rays announced Saturday night that Price had been promoted from Double-A Montgomery to Triple-A Durham. He was scheduled to travel Sunday in advance of making his first start for Durham against Norfolk on Wednesday.

Price went 7-0 with a 1.89 ERA in nine starts at Double-A Montgomery, pitching 57 innings for the Biscuits and walking just 16 while striking out 55. Prior to joining Montgomery, Price went 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA in six starts at Class A Vero Beach.

"We are very pleased with David's development," said Andrew Friedman, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations. "We felt like he was ready for a new challenge, and now he'll get a chance to face hitters with a lot of Major League experience. That will only help him as he continues his rapid ascent through the Minor Leagues."

Price, 22, was chosen by the Rays first overall in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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