GOODYEAR, Ariz. — David Price felt a rush of nervous energy leading up to Monday. Acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers last month from the Boston Red Sox, he made his first spring training appearance for L.A..
Price allowed two runs and three hits in 1⅓ innings during a 6-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds with three strikeouts and two walks.
“It’s been a while since I faced hitters wearing a different jersey,” the 34-year-old left-hander said. “It’s the first time I’ve been in a game in six, almost seven months. My legs were shaking out there. It’s just, if you love what you do, you’re definitely going to have nerves. It was fun. I definitely enjoyed it, getting back out there.”
A left wrist problem that required surgery to remove a cyst limited Price to 4⅔ innings last August and September. He finished 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts, then was traded by the retooling Red Sox with outfielder Mookie Betts for prospects.
Price gave up a two-run single in the first to Jesse Winker. He reached 91 mph with his fastball and said he was happy about how he pitched.
“Wasn’t missing in the middle of the plate,” Price said after throwing 20 balls and 20 strikes. “When I did miss, it…