DETROIT -- David Price spent Friday getting ready for his big move, and he is expected to arrive at Comerica Park on Saturday. Those Tigers who have talked to him are sensing anticipation about it.
"He seemed excited," said manager Brad Ausmus, who along with team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski talked with Price on the phone for about five minutes. "We both got the same sentiment, that he's excited, and he knows about the fans and the energy at the games."
The Tigers haven't released their list of probable pitchers for next week, but Price is expected to slot into Drew Smyly's old rotation spot. That would put him on track to start Tuesday against the Yankees in New York, in between Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the pitching order.
Price's first start in Detroit wearing a Tigers uniform is going to have to wait. The Yankees series starts a three-city, nine-game road trip, putting Price on track to make his second Tigers start against the Blue Jays next weekend in Toronto. His start after that would be at Comerica Park against the Mariners -- including, most likely, Austin Jackson, one of the players the Tigers traded to get Price.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.