BOS@TB: Price leaves the game with an apparent injury

BOSTON -- Three days after reporting soreness during a bullpen session, David Price threw another one on Tuesday and this one went much better, according to manager Joe Maddon.

Price, out since May 16 with a left triceps strain, does not yet have a next step planned, but Maddon said that'll occur soon.

"He was very sharp," Maddon said. "We're going to consult him to decide what we're doing next, but he was really good."

Sunday, Price said the initial soreness he felt following the bullpen was not a setback, but he just wants to be sure he has enough juice to make it though a Major League lineup.

"My entire arm was sore [Saturday]," Price said Sunday. "And that's just because of getting out there and facing those hitters after not doing it for a month, exerting the type of energy that I was exerting. To feel as good as I do today, it's definitely a big bright spot, so it's good."

Maddon doesn't want Cobb to rush return from DL

KC@TB: Cobb hit in head by liner, leaves on stretcher

BOSTON -- Alex Cobb is out of the hospital and feeling better, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said the road to recovery will likely be a long one.

Whether Cobb, who sustained a mild concussion when he was struck on the right ear by a line drive off the bat of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on Saturday, will pitch again this season remains to be seen.

"It's going to be a long process, I think," Maddon said.

"I don't know [if he'll pitch this year]. I don't know one way or the other. We haven't even discussed that. Again, I think it's important that he gets to the next day and sees how he feels."

Maddon talked to Cobb on the phone Sunday and offered some advice.

"My advice to him was to not try to really rush anything, just permit your body to tell you when you're ready to do the next thing," Maddon said. "I think he's pretty much accepted that thought, because this guy is the kind of guy that really battles through every little moment. He's going to want to be back. If it was a sprained ankle, he understands that he could fight through something like that. This kind of an injury is much more difficult."

Cobb was taken to Bayfront Medical Center on Saturday and was kept overnight for observation. All tests came back negative, and after his diagnosis, the Rays placed him on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Maddon said the team isn't sure who will replace Cobb in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

"I don't know that we're ready to announce that," he said.

Cobb's teammates were just happy to see him in good spirits. Hosmer, some Rays players and others visited him in the hospital on Saturday and left encouraged by what they saw.

"It was just cool to go and physically talk to him and see how he was doing," Hosmer said. "He was talking and there were a bunch of other guys from his team in there, and he was laughing and joking, so it was good to see that.

"I was just glad to see he was good, and it just made me feel a lot better to actually see it rather than just hearing about it."

Longoria back at third for twin bill vs. Red Sox

KC@TB: Longoria extends the lead with a solo home run

BOSTON -- Evan Longoria was back to playing his customary third base for the Rays during Tuesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Longoria had served as the Rays' designated hitter for the last four games. But after an off-day Monday, Longoria felt good enough to go back to third against the Red Sox.

Longoria was originally slated to be the designated hitter in Game 2, but manager Joe Maddon said Longoria felt fine after the Rays' 5-1 loss and could man the hot corner.

Maddon said he'll talk to Longoria daily to determine his status.

Longoria is batting .303 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 70 games this season.