Brice was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, six strikeouts and four walks at Louisville after struggling with an elbow issue in spring training.
“Toward the beginning part of the spring when it was a little bit colder it was getting stiff on me and then it eventually gave up on me,” said Brice, who posted a 15.75 ERA in four appearances in Arizona.
“I think I was topping out at 90 (mph). It was bad, in terms of performance for me,” Brice added. “I was trying to get through it, but it was one of those things that I had to finally throw in the towel and say hey, I’m not doing myself any favors here, just tearing up my arm.”
Brice said things started clicking in his last three outings at Louisville in which he threw 5.2 innings without allowing an earned run and struck out three with no walks.
“I don’t think he was representing himself very well initially (in spring training) just because he was trying to pitch through something we didn’t know about,” Price said. “Since then he’s gotten his arm in shape and he’s thrown the ball better, good command. We got good reports from Delino in Louisville that he had been throwing the ball well, in particular this last time out, his three-inning outing three days ago.”
Price said he thinks Reed will benefit from pitching on a more regular basis at Louisville. Reed had pitched just three times in the two weeks leading up to his demotion.
Getting more work for Reed and Robert Stephenson is something Price said is important.
“They cannot be here for a whole year and average 10 innings a month,” he said. “That would not be enough. The obvious move is to keep them working at times in Louisville unless they’re getting regular time here on our active roster. We needed to get Cody some steady work in Triple-A, and we needed to get a fresh arm up here.”