ST. PETERSBURG -- Fernando Rodney has provided a huge boost to the Rays' bullpen this season, accruing 22 saves while blowing just one save opportunity entering Saturday.
TBS will exclusively televise the announcement of the 2012 American League and National League rosters Sunday at 1 p.m. ET during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. Rays manager Joe Maddon believes Rodney's name should be among those called on Sunday.
"I'd be really annoyed and upset if Fernando did not get there," Maddon said. "He's been as effective and consistent as any relief pitcher in the American League this year. There's been good [other relievers], but there's been nobody who's been better.
"You can argue that some guys might have another save or two. But he's one of the guys who has nailed it. He deserves to be on that team."
Price expects to make next start against Yanks
ST. PETERSBURG -- A day after being removed just before the eighth inning because of back tightness in a 4-2 win over Detroit, Tampa Bay left-hander David Price said he still feels he'll be ready for his next scheduled start.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he hasn't met with the training staff to hear their opinion on any possible injury, though.
Maddon added the plan is for Price to do his normal throwing session leading up to his next start, but that there was no way he would have let him finish Friday's game.
"He could have fought all that he wanted, but once I hear 'back,' he's out," Maddon said. "There's so many things it could be, but when you say 'back,' I don't even want him to throw a couple pitches to find out. That's the part for me that becomes non negotiable at that point."
If Price is unable to pitch in his next start, which is scheduled for July 4 against the Yankees, a likely candidate to be called up would be Chris Archer, who made two starts while Jeremy Hellickson was on the disabled list.
Archer is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Durham on Friday, but Maddon said the Rays will know if they need him to start in Price's place before he takes the mound.
"I just want to let it play all out," Maddon said.
A bigger concern, though, is if Price is able to make the start but needs to be pulled early because of the injury.
"If we get to the point where David's gonna pitch or you expect him to pitch, it's more of a how do you work the rest of the game if he's not able to go through the second or third inning," Maddon said.
Hellickson, Farnsworth, Peralta return for Rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta returned to the Rays' active roster on Saturday.
Hellickson (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing his last two starts. Farnsworth, who has been sidelined the entire season with a right elbow strain, was activated from the 60-day disabled list. And Peralta returned from his eight-game suspension due to his use of a foreign substance on his glove.
To make room on the roster for Hellickson and Farnsworth, the Rays optioned Cesar Ramos and Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham after Friday night's 4-2 win over the Tigers.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said that having all three pitchers back "makes us thicker earlier in the game."
"Because also J.P. [Howell has] been better and you've got [Burke] Badenhop to contend with also," Maddon said. "And then Wade [Davis]. There are a lot of good names in there who have really pitched well. It just permits us to shorten games up.
"And if you were to get hot, which hopefully we would, you don't wear anybody out while you're going through this moment. Because the concern is always that when you get going pretty well, you are going to wear people out by using them too much. But now I think we're at a point with enough candidates that it should prevent us from wearing anybody out."
During Peralta's suspension -- when the Rays had to use a 24-man roster -- the team went 3-5. Nevertheless, Maddon felt like the team hung tough despite the hardship.
"I thought so," Maddon said. "There might have been another victory or two out there for us if we had everybody there. But that's the way it works sometimes. And we're just grateful to have him back and still be in pretty good shape."
Peralta just seemed happy to have the ordeal behind him.
"It's been way too long," Peralta said. "This eight days has been the longest eight days in my baseball career. It felt like I've been out for a month. Watching these guys play every day -- it's not fun."
Farnsworth offered praise to the Rays' training staff.
"I gotta give a lot of credit to the training staff," Farnsworth said. "They were great to just get me back to this situation. It's been a long three months. We knew we had to take our time on it."
Like Peralta, Farnsworth seemed pleased to be back with the team and game ready.
"It's always good to be back," Farnsworth said. "This is what I love to do. It's never fun to have to sit back and not do the things we love to do. It's kinda like the first day of school, I'm excited.
"I'm just gonna go out there and do the best I can. I'm not gonna try and go out there and do anything different or anything more."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Greg Zeck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.