Price believes pitching staff can pick up Shields' innings

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Many have talked about the need for Rays starters to pick up the slack in the aftermath of James Shields being traded to the Royals.

Shields gave the Rays 200-plus innings the past six seasons. David Price said the Rays will miss Shields, but he believes the staff is capable of rising to the challenge of picking up the innings Shields left behind.

"I think so," said Price, who has surpassed the 200-inning plateau in his past three seasons. "If everyone can throw seven, 10, 12 more innings than they threw last year, it all evens out. That even includes me. If I get up to 220 innings, we can have someone else get up into the 200s and 190s. If we can do that, everybody else picks up 10, 15 innings, it will work it out."

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