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Red Sox notes: Pablo Sandoval making progress, could begin rehab assignment Friday; Hector Velazquez to start Thursday

05.16.17 at 7:54 pm ET
Pablo Sandoval could begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Pablo Sandoval could begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

The third base position has been less than for the Red Sox so far this season, but their starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval is progressing towards a return.

Sandoval has been on the disabled list with a knee sprain since April 25, but he’s in St. Louis with the team and could begin a rehab assignment as early as Friday.

“Went through some early work today, ran the bases, we’ve got to get him … now that he’s back to baseball activity, we’ve got to get him back into game shape and that’s going to be required to get out on rehab,” manager John Farrell told reporters in St. Louis. “We’re hopeful that will begin when we leave here and go to the West Coast. He’d join Pawtucket and start getting some games under his belt.”

Another player close to a return is David Price.

The left-hander will make his first rehab start with the PawSox Friday in Buffalo. If all goes well, he could slide into the Red Sox’ rotation as early as next week.

“I think we’ll reserve our planning until he gets through Friday but I wouldn’t rule it out at this point,” Farrell said.

Price would like take Hector Velazquez’s spot in the rotation, as he will start Thursday in Oakland.

It will be his major league debut, but he was very effective in Pawtucket. In five starts, he was 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA.

“He commands the baseball,” Farrell said. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about sheer velocity. It’s about pitching ahead in the count. I like the fact that late in camp he started to come up with a little more of an off-speed curveball to help spread the strike zone top to bottom. This is a guy who has a lot of experience, albeit not at the major league level, but still there’s a lot of savvy and strike throwing ability here.”

It does not appear Drew Pomeranz will miss a start after all. He will throw a bullpen on Wednesday and is on track to start Saturday. He does know he needs to work some things out, though.

“I think it’s partly a mechanical thing,” he told reporters. “Just mechanics are a little different than last year, slightly, so it’s something I’m just going to have to adjust to. That’s what I started in spring training, I was a little longer, a little more behind my body. I think that’s what started that in the first place. Now I know what the problem is, it’s just a matter of me fixing it.”

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