LHP David Price returns to the mound tonight for the first time since his much-publicized dispute with umpire Tom Hallion, and Price can’t wait.

“Absolutely, yeah,” Price said. “It has been an awfully tough week, but that’s part of it, and I understand that. I’m looking forward to going out there and pitching (tonight).”

Price said he does not anticipate any fallout with other umpires from the incident, which began when Price said Hallion used a swear word while making an unprovoked comment to Price as he walked off the field after the seventh during a game against Chicago. Hallion called Price a liar and Price, LHP Matt Moore and RHP Jeremy Hellickson responded on Twitter, with each drawing $1,000 fines for violating MLB’s social media policy. Hallion was fined for his role.

“I don’t think umpires hold grudges,” Price said. “If something happened directly to that umpire, then maybe. I don’t know. But I don’t think so.”

Clint Fagan will work the plate tonight.

Price reiterated his stance that he feels Hallion owes him an apology.

Manager Joe Maddon said he wants Price and everyone involved to put the incident behind them.

“A lot of this stuff, as far as I’m concerned it’s over,” Maddon said. “I believe everybody involved feels the same way. I want to believe that. It is about playing right now. It’s about moving on. It’s about team, focusing on your team.”

A change of scenery INF Reid Brignac is the last member of the 2012 Rays to cross paths with his former team this week, having been traded to the Rockies at the beginning of spring training for a player to be named later.

Brignac said he was happy about the trade and enjoys his new home.

“For me it definitely was a positive thing,” Brignac said.

The one-time shortstop of the future realized during the winter that he was no longer part of their plans when they traded for SS Yunel Escobar and signed 2B/LF Kelly Johnson.