David Price arrived at his locker stall Friday afternoon and put on his baseball gear.

The simple task proved another positive step in Price's recovery from a strained triceps in his pitching arm as the reigning Cy Young Award winner made his way out to the bullpen to throw off a mound for the first time since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 16.

Price had been doing some light throwing before Friday's next step in the process. Price finished the session after throwing 33 pitches, mixing in all of his pitches without feeling discomfort.

“It was a good day, I felt really good, and that's what we were looking for, to come away from this and feel good, have a smile on my face, and that's the way I feel right now,'' Price said.

The next step for Price will be to take two days off and throw another bullpen session on Monday. From there, he could pitch a simulated game before a target date is set for him to get back into the rotation.

In the meantime, Price said he is utilizing the time off to take a mental break from his rough start to the season as the Rays' Opening Day starter was 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts to begin the season.

“Just giving myself a mental break, and that's probably a big reason why I have not gone on the road, so I can stay away from (the media) so I don't have everybody asking me how I feel every day,'' Price said. “So it's just a mental break from everything inside the clubhouse and everything that I was going through, and that's good.”

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said the reports on Price have been positive.