The good news in the first update on injured LHP David Price is that he feels "great" and is eager for the next stage in his recovery from a triceps strain.

The not-so-good news is that he hasn't even started throwing yet, which on a conservative timetable could push his return to the Rays rotation back to mid to late June.

Price is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday but obviously won't be ready. He hopes to start playing catch in the "next couple days" and said his progression through the usual stages of recovery will be based on how he responds.

"If it feels good, just keep going," Price said.

As for when Price thinks he will make his next start for the Rays?

"I honestly have no idea," he said. Manager Joe Maddon said there was nothing new to report on a time­table. Head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, speaking to a youth clinic Saturday morning, made the analogy to not picking a scab, saying they have to wait for the muscle to heal before increasing activity. "You have to go day by day," Porterfield said.

Price said both the waiting and the watching have been difficult.