NEW YORK -- Rays manager Joe Maddon said this coming Saturday night's start will go to one of the two left-handers brought up from Triple-A Durham, Matt Morris or Alex Torres.
"We're talking about [which of the two it will be]," Maddon said. "We have to adjust things a bit within the bullpen to fill that day up. We're not ready to reveal exactly what we're doing, but we're talking about it."
The Rays need a spot start Saturday due to Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Maddon said the decision will have to be made prior to the second game of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader. Many considerations are involved, and one of the most significant is the number of innings each has pitched this season. Minor Leaguers finish their seasons in early September, at the latest, so each is pushing the envelope with the number of innings they are pitching at this time of the year.
"It's a balancing act," Maddon said. "Of course we're going to do everything we can to win the game. But we're always going to keep one eye on the future here, too. And the last thing I would ever want to do is hurt one of these kids."
Price fine, slated to make start on Friday
NEW YORK -- David Price is ready to make his next start after getting hit with a line drive off the upper right side of his chest in the third inning of his Sunday start against the Red Sox.
Price finished out the inning and then pitched the fourth inning before leaving the game for precautionary reasons.
The often-comical Rays left-hander said he took a shower and then headed for the hospital with a physician driving him, all the while lamenting that he couldn't have a chance to play with the siren in his first ride in an ambulance.
A myriad of tests at Massachusetts General were run and everything came up negative.
"It was more scary than anything else," said Price, who noted that the area where he got hit was swollen Monday, but it did not appear to be swollen Tuesday. "I feel fine."
Price, who is 12-12 with a 3.36 ERA in 32 starts this season, plans to make his next start Friday night against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he feels good about Price starting Friday night as well.
"I do, [head athletic trainer] Ronnie [Porterfield] feels good about it, and [pitching coach Jim Hickey] feels good about it," Maddon said. "And I know David feels good about it, most importantly."
Manager Joe Maddon received a letter from Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, on Tuesday informing him of the fine he would be receiving for his actions while getting ejected from Friday night's game against the Red Sox. Maddon called the fine "a normal fine" but did not reveal the amount. "It was very fair," Maddon said. "No suspension. I didn't read the fine print, I went right for the number. It was just a typical, 'You screwed up' letter. A typical letter of discipline which I deserved ... I thought it was fair and we moved on."
Ben Zobrist went home to St. Petersburg following Sunday night's game to be with his wife during the birth of their second child, a girl they named Kruse, on Monday. Zobrist is not expected back until Wednesday. Maddon said he did not know if Zobrist would be back in time for the first game Wednesday. "He'll be back tomorrow," Maddon said. "Not exactly sure what time, but he'll be back tomorrow."
Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) has been out since Sept. 10 but is moving closer to his return. The Rays' closer threw 65 pitches from 90 feet on Tuesday, however, he did not throw from a mound. Farnsworth said he was optimistic that he would be able to return before the end of the regular season.
Sam Fuld is still nursing his sore right wrist. "[Fuld] still hasn't advanced to the point where you're going to see him hitting," Maddon said. "But he's still going to play defense and run the bases."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.