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David Price pleased with pace of recovery from elbow injury, but unsure if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

03.13.17 at 1:45 pm ET
David Price

David Price

David Price is as surprised as anyone at how good he feels.

Told by two of the nation’s leading experts on elbow injuries to “listen to my body,” Price began throwing a baseball against a trampoline as part of a light throwing program that he hopes starts him on the road to recovery since being sidelined two weeks ago by arm pain.

“It feels good,” Price told reporters in Fort Myers on Monday. “It’s been getting better every day. I’m kind of surprised that it’s responded the way that it has. If you asked me a week ago I’d have said I felt OK. And I feel really good right now. Today is the best it’s felt. Just everyday activities. I don’t feel anything in there right now. So that’s coming after two straight days of throwing baseballs into the net so it’s responded really well.”

Price visited Drs. James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache in Indianapolis on March 3, three days after reporting discomfort following a simulated game. The doctors told him that were he 22 or 23, they’d recommend surgery. But because Price is 31 and has learned to pitch through discomfort, they suggested rest and rehab, instead.

Price said the inflammation has already subsided, and he’s regaining range of motion. He’s not ready to commit to being ready for the start of the season, but he likes where he’s headed.

“At the end of the day, I feel like there’s going to be a lot of good that can come from this,” Price said. “Just take my time and make sure I’m ready to come back.”

For more on Price’s return, as well as my skepticism over his long-term prognosis, check out this column.

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