|03.03.17 at 3:01 pm ET|
If nothing else, David Price appears to be in good spirits.
The Red Sox left-hander, who left the team on Friday to seek a second opinion on his sore elbow from the renowned orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews, at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, took to Twitter to joke about rejoining the Red Sox.
Indy is a little chilly right now so I’m gonna head back to fort myers! My 40 time was 4.11…ill let one of you name my island
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) March 3, 2017
Price leaves the biggest question of all — how he’s doing — unanswered, but judging from the tone of his message, perhaps the news he received from Andrews was positive.
Price visited the famed physician after complaining of soreness on Wednesday morning, one day after throwing 38 pitches in two simulated innings. He felt fine after his outing, but woke up sore the next day. The Red Sox gave him an MRI and thought the findings were concerning enough to seek out Andrews.
The Red Sox remain in a holding pattern for now, as John Farrell mentioned to reporters in Orlando this morning.
Perhaps Price’s jocular tweets will give them a reason to exhale.
|03.03.17 at 2:09 pm ET|
When it comes to getting second opinions on elbows from Dr. James Andrews — which is what Price is experiencing in Indianapolis Friday — Thornburg has been there, done that. It’s an expertise that can be attributed to the reliever’s 2014 check-up after experiencing a season-ending elbow issue.
“I just wanted to get the opinion from the guy who knows the situation the best of anybody in the world,” Thornburg said.
“It was cool to go down there [to Andrews’ office in Pensacola, Fla.]. The second opinion is already a weird thing to talk about because you’re not saying you don’t trust the team doctor, but you want to get another opinion. It’s always a tough situation.”
As it turned out, the two-hour visit — which involved another MRI and a hands-on examination — was well worth it for Thornburg.
Dr. Andrews ultimately determined that Brewers’ medical staff had under-played the pitcher’s diagnosis. And while there would still be no surgery, Thornburg did receive a PRP injection with a much more cautious timeline.
“[Milwaukee] said that the tear in there was a previous wound that I had my freshman year of high school in 2004,” he remembered. “So when they sent me to Andrews, he said it was a high grade tear, leaking fluid and I should take 4-6 weeks and if it didn’t heal than to have surgery.”
And, as is often the case with those getting second opinions from Dr. Andrews, the biggest payoff might have been ultimate piece of mind.
“Yeah, just because you’re getting it from the guy who is the best at what he does,” Thornburg said when asked if there was a sense of relief after visiting the world-renowned orthopedist. “People go to him for a reason.”
|03.03.17 at 12:06 pm ET|
Prior to playing the Braves at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex, the Red Sox manager reiterated that there was no news yet to be had when it came to David Price’s second opinion on the pitcher’s injured left elbow. Both Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache were slated to visit with Price in Indianapolis Friday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“I don’t know that you’re ever saying it’s easier to deal with an injury, especially when it’s a core player. If there’s time to be missed, it’s felt. Hopefully the way he’s progressed the last couple days is encouraging news. Again, it’s hard to predict. Any time you’re going to miss time from a core player, that’s going to have an impact on your team.”
Farrell has first-hand experience when it comes to players who Dr. Andrews steer in a different direction than the original diagnosis, with his son, Luke, avoiding Tommy John surgery thanks to a visit to the orthopedist.
The manager did note that there were no warning signs in 2016 that any of this might be possible with Price.
“You would think after 230 innings if that was an issue there would be some ill-effects of that at some point during the year, which he never experienced,” Farrell said. “Most major league starters are never going to feel pristine every time they walk to the mound. You look at the number of innings he’s pitched over the course of his career, even the last three years, it’s the most in baseball. He’s been durable. This was unexpected.”
– The Red Sox aren’t anointing Pablo Sandoval their everyday third baseman yet, but, according to Farrell, the player has left a pretty powerful impression to this point.
“He’s shown more in the first week of games than he did all of last spring,” the manager said. “From plays he’s made defensively, the range he’s showing, the way he’s getting down the line. He’s not a base-stealer, we know that. He’s much more athletic. His at-bats have been much more consistent. This is like we have a much different player this year compared to last.”
Sandoval is 5-for-12 (.417) with an 1.000 OPS in his four Grapefruit League games so far, going 1-for-3 vs. lefties with a deep fly out to left field.
“The fact that he was searching for that right-handed swing before, now he feels like a more confident hitter overall and certainly from the right side,” Farrell said. “I think a lot has to do with just his body. It’s allowed the swing to be repeated. It’s more aggressive and the bat path is much more consistent.”
– While Hanley Ramirez said Thursday his right shoulder issue was more of an issue than last year, when he also eased into a throwing program, Farrell remains optimistic the ailment won’t curtail the plan to pay Ramirez at first base against left-handed starters come Opening Day.
“I would love to give a timeline, but I can’t,” Farrell said. “Based on all the testing in the training room, we feel like our medical staff is he will get over this. If there’s not marked improvement in the short run, I”m sure further tests will take place. But there’s nothing to say today that he’s not going to be ready at first base defensively for the plan outlined.”
– Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz both threw live batting practice for the first time, Friday, back at JetBlue Park.
Pomeranz threw 27 pitches to catcher Blake Swihart, facing batters Dan Butler, Chris Young, and Josh Ockimey. Wright threw 31 pitches to catcher Christian Vazquez, facing batters Yoan Aybar, Michael Chavis, Kyri Washington, and Josh Ockimey.
– This was Andrew Benintendi’s first trip to Disney World.
|03.03.17 at 9:09 am ET|
David Ortiz may not call Red Sox games after all this season.
According to the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn, Ortiz is undecided about what he wants to pursue in broadcasting. In addition to NESN, Finn says Fox Sports has also expressed interest in his services. Ortiz was a part of the network’s 2014 World Series coverage.
In an interview with Herald Radio last month, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy floated the possibility of Big Papi joining the NESN team.
“It’ll be fun to watch the next stage of his career,” Kennedy said. “He’s got a lot of different interests. Broadcasting is certainly one. It’d be interesting to see if he goes into national broadcasting. We’d certainly love to have him part of our local broadcast team on a limited basis. He wanted to dip his toe into that water.”
In a follow up conversation with the Globe, Kennedy said nothing is imminent. Regardless, Ortiz will be around Fenway Park this season. The team will retire his No. 34 on June 23.
|03.02.17 at 10:45 pm ET|
After talking to Moises Alou, the general manager of Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, it was determined that Ramirez would be going to represent his country in the tournament due to the slugger’s lingering right shoulder stiffness.
“We settled some points,” said Ramirez, who is being replaced on the DR roster by Jean Segura. “Tried to wait to recover and how we were going to do it, maybe I could meet the team in Miami, give me a week to stay here and get healthy. He told me he wanted the chemistry of the team, he wanted everyone together from the first day. I said ‘Yeah, that’s fine. If you don’t find somebody, you can call me.’ I leave my door open to go but that’s his decision and I just have to get healthy.”
It was the right move, especially now we know that this whole shoulder thing was a bit worse than previously thought.
Ramirez also took it slow leading into last season’s spring training games, not initially throwing during the first few workouts on the back fields at JetBlue Park. But by the time March 2 came around, he was at first base with clearance to throw away.
Exactly one year later, Ramirez offered some comparison when asked if the achy right shoulder felt the same.
“That’s a little different because last year I was able to throw. This year is a little bit different,” said Ramirez, who explained he started feeling the tightness a “couple of days” after arriving in camp. “Right now we’re looking good.”
Without the pressures of the WBC, or even having to play first base, Ramirez can now take his time. Which is good, because it appears as though he is going to need it.
“It’s a long spring,” said Ramirez, who hit his first home run of the spring Thursday. “We’re going to go slowly. Like I said, I’ve got to be ready for April.”
|03.02.17 at 5:05 pm ET|
It wasn’t the worse thing in the world for the Red Sox, especially considering the news involving David Price earlier in the day. (To read more about Price, click here.)
Making his first Grapefruit League appearance of the season, having been eased back into things due to his December knee injury, Rodriguez didn’t allow a baserunner against the Rays. The lefty struck out two over two innings before giving way to Craig Kimbrel.
“Quality work by both,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after his team’s 19-2 win over Tampa Bay. “It was very good to see Eddie go out and establish his fastball in the first inning. In his first outing in spring training, he was in command, he was powerful in the first. I liked the way he used some secondary pitches in his second inning. He was able to get a quality two innings of work. Craig as well. He came in and threw both pitches for strikes. The work that he’s been doing leading up to his first appearance and just establishing that consistent delivery, that was on display in the one inning of work for him.
“Both guys were very encouraging, particularly in light of some of the early-morning news today.”
Rodriguez, who seemed on the edge of potentially not making the rotation before the news involving Price’s elbow, showed the kind of stuff Farrell has continuously raved about leading up to his first spring training outing in almost two years.
“I just want to show I can be in the big leagues and when I show that I’m for ready my opportunity to be on the staff, in the starting rotation,” Rodriguez said. He then added about Price, “I don’t know nothing about that or how he is right now. I just want him to be fine. I don’t want somebody to hurt. Just want him to get back and I want to fight for my spot like I’m supposed to.”
As for the Red Sox’ offense, leading the way was Jackie Bradley Jr., who hit two home runs. Also going deep were Hanley Ramirez, Bryce Brentz and Steve Selsky.
|03.02.17 at 4:37 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — After a day of speculation, the Red Sox offered a bit of clarity regarding the timeline for David Price’s diagnosis.
According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Price will travel to Indianapolis to meet with noted elbow specialists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache to undergo a second opinion on the pitcher’s ailing left forearm/elbow. Both orthopedists are in Indy due to the NFL Scouting Combine. (To read more about Price’s situation, click here.)
Price to get second opinion in Indy tomm afternoon pic.twitter.com/O78kcy9YK0
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) March 2, 2017
Farrell noted Price was much more optimistic about his situation Thursday, a day after undergoing the initial MRI.
“He’s in much better spirits today, just based on the way he’s feeling, the way he’s doing everyday activities,” Farrell said. “When he came in yesterday morning, there was a little bit more concern on his part just with the soreness that had set in overnight. As yesterday played out, the treatment he received, he felt better by the time he left the ballpark yesterday. Today he came in and was able to go through a full range of treatment again. As the day has gone on, there’s been increased mobility, there’s grip strength that has increased. Positive signs in the 24 to 48 hours following the outing. We’ll wait and see what tomorrow’s exam brings.”
|03.02.17 at 1:28 pm ET|
With news that David Price was headed for a second opinion on the soreness in his forearm/elbow after taking an MRI, expectations for the rotation have now been re-calibrated. If Price isn’t available, it’s pretty simple: You have Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz.
After that group, however, it gets a little think considering the depth starters’ track records.
There’s Hector Velazquez (who will now start Saturday), Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias and Kyle Kendrick.
So it was no surprise that when Dave Dombrowski addressed the media Thursday morning, he was asked about possible regrets concerning his trade of Clay Buchholz.
“Our guys right now, the five starters in addition to David remain healthy. I think there’s five as good starters as you’ll find anywhere as a combination,” Dombrowski said. “We’re still looking for some of our other guys here in camp to establish themselves, we’re just getting started with camp, guys like Johnson, Owens, Elias, Velazquez, Kendrick, so that gives us a little bit more depth.
“The Buchholz situation, no I don’t. That’s just the timing. You’re not going to just hold onto somebody in case things take place later on.”
Buchholz was traded to the Phillies in exchange for minor leaguer Josh Tobias (who you can learn more about by click on this podcast). The priority for the deal was to get the Red Sox under the luxury tax threshold, with Philadelphia picking up all $13.5 million of his contract.
“I’m not going to speculate at this point. I’m just going to wait and see what takes place,” Dombrowski said.
|03.02.17 at 10:28 am ET|
Hanley Ramirez won’t be playing in the World Baseball Classic after all.
The Red Sox first baseman/DH, who has been limited by a shoulder this spring, withdrew from the tournament on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Ramirez had been booked to leave later that day, but instead will remain with the Red Sox to rehab.
The Red Sox have had concerns about Ramirez’s shoulder since it was revealed that he was having soreness while throwing, which had limited him to DH at-bats this spring.
“We did speak to the Dominican team for the WBC regarding Hanley,” Farrell said. “The most succinct way I can say it is they’re looking to replace Hanley on their roster. He still needs rehab with his shoulder. The throwing program will continue to progress as tolerated so as of now, Hanley will not be joining Team Dominican, with their intent to replace him.
“He’s on board with it,” Farrell added. “He has physical needs and feels the best way to allow him to be ready for the start of our season is to be in here with us.”
The decision was made during a conference call with Farrell, Ramirez, Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, and Dominican manager Moises Alou.
“He’s prioritizing what his needs are currently and being ready for our season,” Farrell said.
The Red Sox expect Ramirez to DH against right-handed pitching and play first base against left-handers. He is now one of the primary sources of power in the lineup with David Ortiz retired. He hit .286 with 30 homers and 111 RBIs last year.
(Rob Bradford contributed to this report from Florida)
|03.02.17 at 10:09 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — We were waiting for some significant news from Red Sox camp, and now we have it.
Speaking to the media Thursday morning at JetBlue Park, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that David Price has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to soreness in his pitching elbow/forearm.
Price underwent an MRI and will now seek a second opinion, with the Red Sox attempting to schedule an appointment with renowned elbow specialists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who are both currently at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
The lefty threw two innings of a simulated game Tuesday and felt increased soreness the next day.
“He’s gone through some soreness in the forearm elbow area in previous spring trainings but this one has a little more intensity to it,” Farrell said. “We have a concern for every player, particularly when they can’t make their next scheduled appearance. So he feels improved today over yesterday so that’s an encouraging sign, but still we’ve got to take every step along the way to get our arms around this in its entirety.”
Any visit to Andrews is a clear red flag, however.
“We’re taking every precaution,” Farrell said. “Yes, we are concerned, as we would be with any player. There’s a couple things. We’ve got a lot of history here with David and what his progression through spring training has been. He’s battled this seemingly in every spring training. We will acknowledge this one has a little more intensity to it, so that’s why we’re taking every step and scratching him for Sunday.
Here is John Farrell talking about David Price pic.twitter.com/DhcVbFPgr0
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) March 2, 2017
Here is some more John Farrell talking about David Price pic.twitter.com/T3y29xMhRv
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) March 2, 2017
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