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Red Sox get Saturday morning surprise with David Price throwing a baseball

03.11.17 at 10:18 am ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Farrell’s last line about David Price when meeting with the media Saturday morning offered a dose of reality.

“We’re still a ways from getting him off a mound,” said the Red Sox manager regarding his starter, who is slowly returning after a bout of elbow stiffness.

But, still, there was a dose of good news for the Red Sox and their lefty starter thanks to a few simple throws in the batting cages.

“I know yesterday we talked about increasing the rehab and putting some plyometrics in place. But he actually went and threw in the cage today, about 25 throws and the range of motion, the freeness to the movement is all positive,” Farrell said. “Granted, we recognize we’re at the early stages right now, but it’s a good day for David.”

Farrell added, “All of the early phase of throwing are going to be short, controlled effort and energy. We’re not even mapping out distances right now. We’re more interested in seeing how his arm responds to even the light throwing. … It was always talked about. There was always a potential to put a ball in his hand even as I mentioned that yesterday. But then there was thought to continue his strengthening, getting the arm moving in a normal pattern. As good as he feels, let’s put a ball in his hand and throw lightly. That was a positive step.”

Farrell points out that there is a long way to go for Price, who last threw off a mound on the last day of February before experiencing the left elbow discomfort.

“I’m not really focused on any kind of timeline,” the manager noted. “He’s going to be out there when he’s ready, first available. There’s still work to do. The biggest key for us is when he gets to the point of aggressive long-toss and getting on the mound, that’s where the more extension to the arm is going to come into play. That will be a big phase in the return.

“He’s been progressing here since the day he came in sore. But that’s all relative, relative to how he feels today and what’s being asked of him from a rehab and throwing program standpoint. We’re still a ways from getting him off the mound.”

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