PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Last spring, Rays ace David Price was coming off an American League Cy Young Award season. Due to the many accolades he received, Price's workout routines were occasionally disrupted.
In said cases, Price would have to rely on a "sock" workout, where he would put a sock over his arm with a baseball inside of it, making for a drill that allowed him to throw a baseball while inside.
Price put away "Mr. Sock" this past offseason and returned to his roots, which meant working out at Vanderbilt University.
Looking back on his situation, Price said he had to "play with the cards I was dealt" last season.
"I heard about how tough it was [dealing with the awards circuit] before it even happened," Price said. "It was just as tough, if not a little bit more [than expected]. I had a very good offseason this year and I'm looking forward to [the coming season]."
So will "Mr. Sock" return if Price claims a second Cy Young Award this season?
"No, I'll be able to accommodate better," he said.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.