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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
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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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Pablo Sandoval, David Price both will begin rehab assignments with Triple-A Pawtucket Friday 05.17.17 at 8:14 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval will begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

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

Two of the highest paid Red Sox players will be playing for Triple-A Pawtucket in Buffalo Friday night, as both begin rehab assignments.

David Price was already known, as his first rehab outing with the PawSox was rained out on Sunday, but to keep him on a five-day schedule he threw a simulated game indoors. He’s expected to throw about 90 pitches.

The other will be Pablo Sandoval, who will serve as the designated hitter.

He’s been on the disabled list since the end of April with a knee sprain. The third baseman will fly back to Boston Wednesday night from St. Louis and then travel to Buffalo.

“He’ll begin Friday in Buffalo and DH to begin with and as we’ve done with position players who have had some extended time down, we’ll break him in that way,” manager John Farrell told reporters in St. Louis. “But he’s going to need some games to get into game shape. The fact is he’s done a lot of work to get to this point, some early work again today. And he’s ready to get that rehab underway.”

Sandoval isn’t quite sure how much time he needs.

“I don’t know,” Sandoval said to reporters. “I don’t know how much time I’m going to need. I just want to focus to have a nice rehab and feel healthy. That’s one of the things that I’m looking forward, feel 100 percent to be back on the field and play the game.”

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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
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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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David Price could rejoin Red Sox rotation as early as next week 05.14.17 at 12:41 pm ET
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David Price

David Price’s return could be upon us.

With rain blanketing New England, the rehabbing left-hander will throw 75 pitches on Sunday in Pawtucket — either in a game at 1:35 against Rochester, or indoors for a sim game if the contest is rained out.

He’d then be on schedule to pitch for the PawSox on Friday in Buffalo, throwing 85 to 90 pitches, which could open the door for his return to the Red Sox rotation the following week.

“We’ll re-evaluate following Friday and wouldn’t rule out his return to us if everything goes according to plan,” manager John Farrell told reporters on Sunday morning.

Farrell said he’s OK with Price potentially returning after only one rehab start because he has been throwing sim games since last month. “We’re looking at the volume of pitches more than anything,” he told reporters.

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Red Sox notes: Matt Barnes drops appeal of 4-game suspension, will be out until Sunday vs. Cubs 04.26.17 at 5:07 pm ET
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Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After MLB suspended Matt Barnes for four games on Monday for throwing in the head area of Manny Machado, Barnes said he would appeal, but two days later the reliever has dropped the appeal and will begin serving his four-game suspension Wednesday night against the Yankees.

“People are going to think what they want,” Barnes said after the game. “All I know was I was trying to go up and in, trying to get some weak contact with [Adam] Jones on first. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody’s head. That’s potentially life-changing and that’s unacceptable.”

The four-game ban will have him out until Sunday night against the Cubs.

Since Barnes was suspended, the Red Sox can not call up a reliever, so they will be down a man in the bullpen. It will be a setup man by committee leading to Craig Kimbrel until Sunday.

In other news, Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup for a third straight game following the hard slide from Manny Machado last Friday night in Baltimore. Manager John Farrell noted the wet conditions played a factor in the decision. On Tuesday, Farrell said he would have played if they had a game, but woke up more sore on Wednesday.

“Pedey is still dealing with some soreness in the left knee,” he said. “After some work he did yesterday here before the game, or the would be game, felt like there was still some lingering symptoms there. I will be honest with you, with the wet grounds tonight I wasn’t going to take any further risk for potential misfooting to put him at risk further. He’s day-to-day and hope he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— David Price will indeed face batters for the first time since spring training Saturday at Fenway Park. He had a good work session Wednesday.

“Threw the ball well,” Farrell said. “A normal bullpen that would be in between starts type of bullpen. He’s on tap to face hitters on Saturday here.”

— Brock Holt, who is on the DL with vertigo is progressing, but hasn’t been able to get on the field due to the weather.

“We haven’t been able to get on the field the last three days,” Farrell said. “The day off, the rain even today keeping us off the field for any work. We’re looking at another day or two of early work to go through all fielding drills before we get him out on a rehab assignment. The symptoms that caused the onset of the vertigo, that seems to be cleared up. The virus had some effect on that. He’s getting closer to getting out into some games.”

— Reliever Tyler Thornburg hasn’t got on the mound yet as he works his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in spring training. Farrell admitted it is taking longer than expected.

“You know, he’s throwing long toss out to 120 feet,” he said. “No change from what we talked about prior to the rain out yesterday. He’s still in the long toss phase. We’re hopeful to get him to at least 150 feet before we would introduce the mound. I think even by his own account this has taken longer than he even anticipated. He’s in that long toss phase and he will be on the mound as soon as first available.”

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David Price tweets he’s feeling great after bullpen session, but won’t speak to media about it 04.25.17 at 12:57 pm ET
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David Price threw a bullpen session on Monday at Fenway Park as he works his way back from an elbow injury suffered during spring training.

Since it was an off-day, reporters didn’t have the chance to approach Price about the session afterwards, so Price took to Twitter on Tuesday to say how it went and to say that’s all he would be saying on the matter.

It’s unclear the motive for the tweets, but regardless it doesn’t appear to be sending a good message.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. could see live at-bats against David Price as both work way back from injuries 04.14.17 at 5:05 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr. could face David Price next week. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. could face David Price next week. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

The earliest Jackie Bradley Jr. (knee) can return from the disabled list is Wednesday, and by all accounts that remains a distinct possibility.

The center fielder did some on-field work Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, including some running with a brace he has been fitted for.

“I think there is [a chance he returns the day he’s eligible],” manager John Farrell said. “I wouldn’t rule it out at this point, particularly with his comments with how he feels coming out of the strength tests that he’s going through and the work they are putting him through. He’s been upbeat. He feels good. I think the brace gives him added confidence and stability as he gets acclimated to it. I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Bradley Jr. suffered the knee injury last weekend in Detroit, but has made progress each day since.

“Good day again today from a rehab and agility standpoint,” Farrell said. “Swung the bat in the cage to determine his on-field ability to take BP, which he will today. He’s wearing a brace and will continue to advance the baseball activities.”

Farrell also said Bradley Jr. might not need a rehab game or two because he could get some live at-bats against David Price.

Price is making steady progress working his way back from an elbow injury and could be ready to face live hitters early next week, which would work out nicely for Bradley Jr. and the team.

“Well, we’re hopeful by the time that comes around, David Price is facing some live hitters at that point so we can get some at-bats in that scenario,” Farrell said.

As for Hanley Ramirez, he’s yet to play a game this year at first base and his throwing program was slowed down because he had the flu last weekend.

According to Farrell, the team isn’t boycotting him playing first base, but know Ramirez prefers to DH.

“I think he does [want to play first base],” Farrell said. “I know for a fact he thrives in the DH slot. That’s probably his preference overall, but in conversations throughout the winter, once we acquired Mitch to the conversations throughout spring training, he understands how our roster is built. He’s not boycotting it, but I know where his preference lies. What is best for our team too has him going over to first base on occasion.”

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Red Sox notes: David Price (elbow) throws another bullpen; Tyler Thornburg inching towards return 04.12.17 at 5:08 pm ET
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David Price is getting closer to a return. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

David Price threw another bullpen session on Wednesday as he works towards a return from an elbow injury suffered in spring training.

“He did 30 pitches in the bullpen after long toss, threw well, feels good about the work,” said manager John Farrell. “As we’ve been doing as of late, continue to assess how he feels tomorrow. provided there are no issues between now and Saturday that would be his next bullpen.”

The Red Sox left hander was put on the disabled list in spring training with elbow soreness, and his rehab efforts haven’t been amped up until this week.

Price is yet to feel any of the discomfort that led him to the DL stint.

“Nothing to the extent when he had to shut down after the first outing of spring training,” Farrell said as to whether Price has felt any pain. “Made steady progress, he’s thrown with intensity, he’s thrown consecutive days with long toss, three consecutive days. Physically, it’s been very positive.”

Price will have another bullpen session on Saturday that will dictate the timetable for his return, and how many more bullpens he will need to throw before facing hitters for the first time.

“I think we’ll determine that after Saturday,” said Farrell. “On purpose, we have tried not to get too far ahead of ourselves. The most encouraging thing is the way he’s handled the recent stress and intensity, it’s been positive, we’ll have a better read on that following the workout on Saturday.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

– Right handed reliever Tyler Thorburg is also progressing towards his return from his shoulder injury.

“He threw 60-70 feet, first day of his throwing program,” said Farrell. “Roughly 30 throws, just initiating his throwing program.”

– Mitch Moreland’s early season success has come with Hanley Ramirez missing time, but that doesn’t mean the team is planning to change its approach with Ramirez as the primary first baseman long-term this season.

“That’s not the intent right now,” Farrell said of any change. “Then it gives us Chris Young against left handers, which is why he’s here. It’s going to be predicated on his [Ramirez] ability to get to first base, and that’s been a work in progress since we got to spring training.”

Moreland has doubled in five straight contests and has been off to a torrid start to his Red Sox career, but the plan is still for Ramirez to be the full time first baseman against left handers.

“After seven games, not ready to abandon that approach,” Farrell said.

There’s still no timetable as to when Ramirez will be able to play the field.

“He just got back to us after missing five days,” said Farrell. “We’re getting him back to full strength physically first before we get back to the throwing program.”

– The bullpen continues to find its groove, with another sharp outing from the group Tuesday night. The Sox bullpen is allowing a .129 batting average against, the lowest in the majors.

“I mentioned prior to yesterday’s game, with the exception of the hiccup Friday in Detroit, the bullpen has thrown the ball well,” Farrell said. “We’re going to need it. We’ve been fortunate to get five to seven innings out of the rotation the firs time through, which is encouraging.”

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Red Sox notes: Jackie Bradley Jr. (knee) sees encouraging signs; Matt Barnes appears to be 8th inning guy 04.11.17 at 5:23 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr. is on the DL with a hyperextended knee. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. is on the DL with a hyperextended knee. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

After hyperextending his knee in Detroit over the weekend, Jackie Bradley Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, but things are looking better than they could have been.

While there’s no timetable for his return, manager John Farrell called Tuesday an “encouraging” day for the center fielder. Farrell added he will be fitted for a knee brace.

“I don’t have a timeframe,” Farrell said. “I thought there were some encouraging signs that he went through today with the rehab and the agility work here. I know we’re fitting him for a brace to be worn.

“And just talking with Jackie, he seemed to be upbeat here today. This has been a little bit of an oddity. Those who have watched the replay, it is an ugly position he got himself into with the hyperextension. We feel like we maybe have dodged a bullet a little bit with what potentially could have happened from an injury standpoint. The fact that he walked off under his own power was encouraging. Minimum of 10 days, but we’ll see where we are shortly after that.”

In the clubhouse, Bradley Jr. noted he feels good, but is not going to rush a return.

“I feel great,” he said. “They just want to give it some time — injury that is serious enough. Time is the only thing that’s going to heal it.”

Bradley Jr. added: “Whenever it’s ready. I am not going to rush it. I just want to make sure I am able to make all the same powerful moves I made before with no hesitation.”

The center fielder was off to a good start to the season, going 4-for-14 in his first four games of the season. It appears Andrew Benintendi will get most of the starts in center during his absence.

One of the bigger questions with the roster over the first week of the season is how the bullpen will look leading to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Farrell said he has no problem matching up until the ninth, but said as of now Matt Barnes is the primary set-up man.

“Depending on the inning, yeah,” Farrell said of matching up until the ninth. “I think the way Matt Barnes is throwing the baseball, you could say he is going to have the eighth inning provided he has not gone two innings the day before. As best we can and as rapidly as we can to settle into roles we’re moving in that direction.”

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Red Sox left-hander David Price takes another step towards return with bullpen session in Detroit 04.10.17 at 12:11 pm ET
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Red Sox left-hander David Price threw a 20-pitch bullpen on Monday in Detroit and is progressing toward facing hitters as he returns from an elbow injury that halted his spring training in early March.

“He threw the ball well,” manager John Farrell told reporters in Detroit. “The biggest thing is that the intensity increases in throwing, the volume as it’s increased, he’s responded well physically to it. That’s the hopeful goal of tomorrow, coming in, feeling as consistent as he’s been.”

If Price checks out physically, the next step will be throwing another bullpen on Wednesday, with the eventual goal of pitching to hitters in a simulated setting before beginning a rehab assignment.

For his part, Price told reporters in Detroit that he threw 20 fastballs. He’s taking it slow.

“It felt good getting back out there on the mound, throwing to a catcher this time,” he told reporters. “Steps in the right direction. I come out feeling good. I wanted to have a productive day today, but I want to feel good tomorrow. It’s kind of like spring training all over again.”

Drs. James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache told Price in March that were he younger, they’d probably recommend Tommy John surgery. However, the 31-year-old is hoping to manage his injury and return to the mound without going under the knife.

In that regard, he’s about where he expected to be.

“It feels really good right now,” he said. “So everything that’s happened the past couple weeks has all been good for my confidence and just the mental aspect of it, so it all feels good.”

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