BALTIMORE -- Desmond Jennings was not in the Rays' starting lineup Tuesday night for the third consecutive game, but the outfielder said his lower back feels fine.
"I did some stuff today in the cage," Jennings said. "Swung off a tee, stuff like that. I guess [the team is] just being more cautious. They probably figured another day wouldn't hurt. But I don't feel bad. If it comes down to it, I could get in and do something. ... See how things go throughout the game. I can get in there today if need be and hopefully get in there tomorrow."
Jennings said he arrived to the ballpark Tuesday thinking that he would be in the lineup.
"Yeah, I want to play every game," Jennings said. "It's tough to watch. But maybe it's smarter to take another day. I feel like I could play."
Roberts injures left forearm, but X-rays negative
BALTIMORE -- Ryan Roberts left in the seventh inning of the Rays' 9-2 loss against the Orioles on Tuesday because of a left forearm strain.
The Rays' second baseman had precautionary X-rays that were negative.
Roberts suffered the injury in the bottom of the sixth, when O's outfielder Nate McLouth stole second base and collided with Roberts.
Roberts finished the inning, but Jose Lobaton pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh and Elliot Johnson finished the game at second base.
Ironically, home runs by Roberts and Johnson accounted for the Rays' only runs.
Roberts' status for Wednesday's game is unknown, but the gritty infielder stated his intentions after the game.
"If it's up to me, I'm playing," Roberts said. "I don't like to not play. I can't remember the last time I came out of a game. But it happens sometimes.
"Obviously, I don't want to do anything to jeopardize the rest of my career or the rest of the year for me. But we're in a tight race and these games mean a lot, so I definitely want to play even if it's going to hurt just a little bit."
Price throws session, may start Friday vs. Yanks
BALTIMORE -- David Price appears ready to make his next start Friday in New York against the Yankees.
After missing his scheduled start on Saturday because of left shoulder soreness, Price pitched a bullpen session Tuesday at Camden Yards with Rays manager Joe Maddon watching, and everything went well.
Price threw 30-35 pitches in the 'pen, throwing all of his pitches to catcher Stephen Vogt.
"It felt good," said Price, noting that he had to fight through some trepidation.
"Coming off something that never really happened before, you don't know what to really expect," the 27-year-old said. "That's the way I was going out there. I felt really good playing catch, and I felt really good when I got out there on the mound. The only thing I felt was a little bit weak in my legs, and that's because I haven't been using them much."
Maddon said he will wait to see how Price feels on Wednesday before naming him as Friday's starter. But Price does not anticipate any problems.
"As good as I felt today, I don't think I can feel too bad tomorrow, so I think we're ready to go Friday," Price said. "We're going to be checking it the next three days here. I'm supposed to be going on Friday, and that's the way I feel right now."
Price would not deny that he has been worried about his shoulder.
"Yeah, it's been on my mind quite a bit the last week and a half," the southpaw said. "It's something I've never been through. It's something I hope I really never have to go through again. It's something I didn't know how it was going to respond. I didn't know how it was going to feel throwing a bullpen. I didn't know if I was going to bounce back.
"I've never been through this process before, so it was something I was definitely a little bit scared about. ... But I felt good today. I felt very good, so it was a good step forward, so we should be good to go."
Price still doesn't know how he irritated his shoulder.
"I guess this was one of those things," he said. "I don't really know what it was. I don't think it was fatigue. I didn't feel fatigued in Texas. I didn't feel fatigued in Toronto, either. I don't know what it was. It was one of those things, and I feel like it's gone now."
Rays reflect, remember events of 9/11
BALTIMORE -- Inside the Rays' clubhouse, many remembered Sept. 11, 2001, on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the national tragedy.
"The craziest thing for me, I was actually in Hudson Valley, N.Y., playing baseball the week before that," James Shields said. "I flew out right before it happened.
"It kind of tripped me out a little bit. It was just scary. It had been just days before when I was playing in New York. It was just a crazy time, probably one of saddest times in American history."
Luke Scott remembered being at Oklahoma State University when his best friend and teammate on the Cowboys' baseball team, Darren Heal, called him.
"He was like, 'Those sons of guns, they bombed our buildings, they flew planes into our buildings, my dad's on his way,'" Scott said. "His dad, [who was a fire chief], had to go in and work that scene. I just remember being there in Oklahoma watching all of it on TV. And I'm like, 'What is going on?'"
Scott called it an "emotional day," because, in addition to watching what happened, they were concerned about Heal's father.
"We had communication with him," Scott said. "He lived. I think he had a piece of the building fall on him. Busted up his shoulder, but he was able to get out."
Carlos Pena was with the Rangers at the time, and the team was staying in a San Francisco hotel for a series against the Athletics in Oakland.
"I got a call from Michael Young," Pena said. "He said, 'Carlos, you have to turn on the TV.' When I looked at what was going on, I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
Pena remembered how travel got shut down and the games were postponed.
"We couldn't get on a plane," Pena said. "We had to bus it. But the world shut down for a little bit, certainly the United States of America did. For a few days, we didn't play. But it was one of those times where you're always going to remember what you were doing. What an impact that made on everybody's life."
Rays manager Joe Maddon noted that when remembering Sept. 11, he remembers the saying, 'Never forget.'
"We, our country, the way we conduct ourselves sometimes, we tend to forget things rather quickly," Maddon said. "We cannot forget the event or the people we lost in that moment. So to all the families out there and all the extended families, a lot of us were impacted by that moment, the nation was impacted, the world was impacted, my best to all of the families from me and the Rays. And we will never forget."
Through the first 68 games, Rays defenders allowed 38 unearned runs, tied with Detroit for the Major League lead. In 72 games since then, the Rays have allowed just 13, second fewest in the bigs over that span behind the White Sox.
Sean Rodriguez (fractured right hand) is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday. The 27-year-old will begin to throw with team trainers leading up to that date, and he should be available for pinch-running and defensive duties. When he will be able to hit is yet to be determined.
In the Rays' 6-0 win over the Rangers on Sunday, B.J. Upton became the seventh American Leaguer since 1918 to hit three home runs out of the leadoff spot and the first since Oakland's Ernie Young on May 10, 1996, against the Twins.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.