Rays LHP David Price reached into his locker stall, grabbed his glove and headed for the outfield turf to play some catch.

The seemingly simple act proved another step in Price’s recovery from a strained triceps muscle in his pitching arm that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on May 16. Monday was the second start he has missed, and though he is eligible to return May 31, there is no timetable for when he will return to the mound.

After making 35 throws, including some harder tosses toward the end, in less than five minutes Price said he experienced no set backs.

“It felt real good, it felt normal, so it was a very positive day,’’ Price said.

Price, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, struggled to start the season posting a 1-4 record with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts before landing on the DL.

The next step for Price is to play catch again, perhaps extending the number of throws he makes, but is not sure if that will take place on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“I might do the same thing I did (Monday), if I come in and feel fine (Tuesday), so if I play catch on (Tuesday) it means I feel great,’’ Price said.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield informed him Price looked better than expected.