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It looks like David Price will begin the season on disabled list

03.14.17 at 10:31 am ET
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David Price (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

David Price (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Farrell offered another hint that David Price’s return to action won’t be a hurried process.

Meeting with the media Tuesday morning at JetBlue Park, Farrell regarding Price, “I think, at this point, it’d be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season. We really won’t have any kind of idea until he gets on the mound the first time, and right now I don’t know when that’s going to be.”

Now two weeks out from his last time on a mound, Price’s return from elbow tightness has included throwing into a net over the past few days. (For Price’s take on the situation, click here.)

If Price isn’t ready to go for the beginning of the season, the importance of Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz remaining on their schedules would seem to be of some importance. Wright pitched in his first Grapefruit League game Monday, with Pomeranz making his spring training debut Tuesday. Farrell noted both pitchers would likely be limited to a pitch count in their first regular season starts.

The Red Sox starting depth after Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Price, Wright and Pomeranz right now would appear to be somewhat thin. Henry Owens and Brian Johnson both got sent out of camp Tuesday morning, both needing to uncover more effectiveness, while Roenis Elias is out with an injury to his intercostal muscles.

Hector Velazquez, who does not have an opt-out but is in camp on a minor-league deal, figures to be one of the primary starting depth options at the moment.

Here were some of Farrell’s comments on some of the Red Sox’ depth starters:

Henry Owens: “He had a bullpen here yesterday with Carl [Willis] and Ralph Treuel and others, Brian Bannister, just to try to minimize some of the movements early in the windup. If you look at what transpired in the stretch, every inning he pitched, he walked the leadoff hitter. That’s obviously not a recipe for success. We’re just trying to minimize the movement and create some consistent direction and release point when he’s out of the stretch. There’s an abbreviated delivery now. Yesterday was the first use of it. That’s going to take some adjustment. To Henry’s credit, he didn’t mince words in our meeting. He knows he’s capable of more. He knows he needs to pitch better. When a player articulates it clearly, it may be the first step toward making real change and adjustment. He’s got stuff to pitch in the big leagues. It’s got to be more consistent. … Henry is important to us for the very reason just outlined. He was made well aware of that — his role here, his place here in our pitching depth is key. And yet we’ve got to do some things to get him more consistent, to be more dependable at this point in the short run. The way Kyle Kendrick has thrown the ball, that’s been very encouraging.”

Hector Velazquez: “You can slot him in. There’s a dependability of strike-throwing, albeit yesterday he walks a couple of guys. We recognize that. But it’s an efficient delivery. He’s been durable over the course of a pro career in Mexico. There’s stuff here to execute a game plan. He’s on the depth chart. Depth is going to be a matter of who’s rested and when that need does arise, if it’s on short notice.”

Brian Johnson: “Uptick over the last time he was pitching for us and unfortunately at the time he didn’t reveal that he was pitching in some discomfort. He’s been through a lot. Saw someone that was out there, while on the mound, with more of a concentrated effort to compete. Where maybe, eight, nine, 10 months ago, this is someone who’s just trying to figure some things out. He’s made some progress in terms of his overall game. And yet, as we talked about with Brandon [Workman], Brian’s in the same boat where he’s got to get out and get some work to build some arm strength and hopefully the stuff upticks.”

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