Flat tire sends Price on detour leaving Detroit

The Detroit News
David Price

David Price had to make an unscheduled stop on his way to Toronto to join his new team, the Blue Jays.

He was traded by the Tigers on Thursday and planned to depart on Friday, but his Jaguar got a flat tire in Metro Detroit.

During a radio interview with Dan Patrick on Friday, Price said he was in a parking lot in Chesterfield Township waiting for a tow truck to get his car -- and for a ride to Toronto.

"I'm going to hop into a car and they're going to drive me to Toronto now," Price said. "It's been a pretty hectic 24 hours but it could be a lot worse."

Price said AAA road service put a temporary tire on his Jaguar, but the tire shop he visited did not have a proper replacement.

"They said no one around here has the right tire to fit my back wheel," Price said.

So, he waited for a ride.

Price is scheduled to make his first start for the Blue Jays on Sunday in Toronto against the Royals, at 1:07 p.m. Edinson Volquez is Kansas City's scheduled starter.

"They have a very exciting team, a very solid team," Price said of the Blue Jays. "Right now it's a good time to be a part of that organization."

Price said he didn't feel much stress about the deal.

"This time I knew I was going to be traded," he said. "I was kind of told the day before."

Price leaves the Tigers with a 13-8 record over parts of two seasons, with 220 strikeouts over 223.2 innings.

"Detroit made a place for me last year and I definitely appreciated it," Price said. "They gave me an opportunity to win last year, and this year."