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David Price struggles in rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket, removed after only two innings

05.19.17 at 8:56 pm ET

David Price finally faced hitters on Friday, and it didn’t go smoothly.

Pitching in Buffalo for Triple-A Pawtucket, the former Cy Young Award winner was knocked out after just two innings and 65 pitches. He allowed five hits and three runs, including a homer. He walked one and struck out four.

“I felt great in both innings,” Price told reporters, including Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News. “Every pitch I threw . . . my entire body felt good. Not just my arm.”

The Red Sox had expected Price to make in the vicinity of 90 pitches, but he was lifted 25 short of that mark after allowing four hits and two runs in the second, the big blow a bloop two-run single by Jake Elmore.

Price is attempting to return from a spring training elbow injury that initially looked like it could be season-ending. Told by a pair of specialists that they would’ve recommended surgery if he were younger, Price instead opted for rest and rehab and Friday marked his first game action since March.

Red Sox manager John Farrell had expressed hope that Price could be ready to return next week after this start, but that now appears to be optimistic.

Price opened the game by allowing a leadoff double to Elmore to end a 15-pitch at-bat. He stranded him there by striking out the side. He then allowed a homer to Raffy Lopez leading off the second before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Elmore then singled to right to drive in two before Price induced a groundout and struck out Jason Leblebijian to end the frame, and his night.

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