|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|
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.
Threw 45 pitches (all 4 pitches) in pen yesterday. Up and down 3 times with 8 minutes in between each 15 pitches session. Felt great after
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) April 25, 2017
Feel great today. This is my media session. All questions are answered if you have anymore ask manager John
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) April 25, 2017
It’s unclear the motive for the tweets, but regardless it doesn’t appear to be sending a good message.
|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|
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.”
|Red Sox notes: David Price (elbow) throws another bullpen; Tyler Thornburg inching towards return||04.12.17 at 5:08 pm ET|
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.”
|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|
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.”
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
|Red Sox left-hander David Price takes another step towards return with bullpen session in Detroit||04.10.17 at 12:11 pm ET|
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.”
|David Price (elbow) to take big step in recovery on Monday||04.07.17 at 12:19 pm ET|
Monday will be a big day for David Price as the left-hander continues to work his way back from an elbow injury suffered in spring training.
The left-hander will throw his first bullpen session.
To this point he’s been throwing on flat ground to just over 100 feet. Earlier in the week he threw off a mound, but without a catcher just to get a feeling for the slope under his feet.
“A good work day yesterday,” manager John Farrell said to reporters in Detroit on Friday. “Today is a lighter day just by the schedule. He’ll resume his long toss out to 120 feet and begin to spin some breaking balls on flat ground. He’s making progress per the schedule that’s in place.”
Price will continue his long toss work over the weekend and Farrell remains encouraged.
“The most encouraging thing is each throwing session he goes through, he comes out feeling good physically,” he said.
Monday will be a big step towards his return and perhaps after the session a timetable for his return will be better known.
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|David Price throws off mound for first time since seeing Dr. James Andrews||04.05.17 at 4:59 pm ET|
David Price continues to take baby steps in coming back from a left elbow strain suffered in late February.
The left-hander saw Dr. James Andrews the first week of March, but nothing serious was found. Price has started the year on the disabled list, but continues to make progress in working his way back.
He took another step Wednesday by throwing off a mound for the first time, although manager John Farrell made sure to clarify it was just playing catch and more so to get the feeling of a mound under his feet.
“Threw some long-toss today out to 100-plus feet and then got on the mound for an additional 25 throws,” Farrell said. “Not with a catcher down, but just more for David to feel the slope of the mound under his feet, throw the ball downhill a little bit more. The most encouraging thing is each throwing session he goes through, he comes out feeling good physically and will look to do the same tomorrow with maybe a little bit more distance with long toss.”
Farrell added: “It’s important to categorize it as it was not to a catcher, it was just to feel the slope under his feet.”
Currently, Price is on a throw for three consecutive days before taking a day off program. There is no timeframe for when he gets back to throwing live off a mound, but although it’s been a slow process there have been no setbacks to this point, which is certainly a good thing.
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|What’s the latest with David Price and his elbow?||04.02.17 at 2:35 pm ET|
David Price is slowly progressing towards a return from a left elbow strain, but there’s no timeframe for when that might be.
The left-hander threw for a second straight day on the field at Fenway Park, but has yet to make it to a mound. Price played catch at roughly 110 feet on Sunday, but needs to make it out to 120 feet before he can get on a mound.
“I’m unaware of a point that’s going to say we’re going to have to go to another direction,” manager John Farrell said. “At the outset of the diagnosis, there wasn’t this Plan A/Plan B. It was, this is the recommendation: Put a ball back in your hand after a prescribed number of days down.”
Price hasn’t thrown on a mound since Feb. 28 when he felt discomfort and then visited Dr. James Andrews. Some have speculated the longer he takes to get on to a mound, perhaps the likelihood of surgery increases.
Farrell doesn’t think so, but did say more will be known once he gets to throwing off a mound.
“I think we’re all pretty clear, too, that once he gets back on the mound and gets closer to game intensity, that’s going to be the real test of where he is in terms of a routine date,” he said.
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|David Price rants like a crazy person in bizarre Boston Globe interview||03.08.17 at 10:47 am ET|
David Price is the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. And he’s losing his mind because of Twitter trolls and bloviating talk radio hosts. We’re witnessing the self-destruction of a man.
In a bizarre interview with Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe, Price laments the treatment he received in Boston last year. He led the league in starts and innings pitched, but also gave up more hits than any other starting pitcher as well. In his lone postseason outing, Price surrendered five runs over 3.1 innings. The Red Sox wound up getting swept by the Indians, and his career playoff record as a starter fell to 0-8.
Given Price’s astronomical salary, it was an underwhelming debut season. As a result, he faced some heat. The vitriol wasn’t immense –– Tom Brady’s Week 5 return against the Browns overshadowed the Red Sox’s October flop –– but his Twitter mentions probably weren’t pretty. Dan Shaughnessy wrote a mean thing about him in the Globe, too. If Price can’t handle that, imagine how he would’ve fared when the Red Sox were the No. 1 team around here.
Throughout his conversation with Grossfeld, it’s apparent Price is paranoid. He rants about Red Sox fans being out to get him, and bemoans sports writers for not learning about his charity. Nearly the entire interview should disturb Red Sox management, but the most troublesome exchanges are below:
Q. What is your passion?
A. I have a foundation, Project One Four. That’s one of the things that honestly chafed me about being in Boston — with the reporters, not one time did anybody take the time to get to know me or my foundation or anything I do away from the field?
Baseball writers get paid to cover Price as a baseball player. They don’t get paid to publicize his charitable endeavors. That may seem callous, but it’s the truth. It doesn’t bode well for Price if he doesn’t understand that.
Q. One of your heroes is Satchel Paige, right?
A. Oh yeah.
Q. So Satchel Paige always said, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” So why are you still looking behind you on this 0-8 (playoff record) thing?
A. It’s what’s going to be said. If I say it first, what do you have to say about me? You have nothing to say about me personally. That’s the only thing you have to say.
|David Price mocks proposed new extra-innings rule on Twitter||03.06.17 at 11:02 am ET|
Count David Price among those who are opposed to starting extra innings with a runner on second base.
In a tweet Monday, the Red Sox hurler mocked the proposal rule change, which will be implemented during the World Baseball Classic. The first game of the tournament between Israel and South Korea went into extras, with the Israeli team scoring the upset win after an infield single in the 10th inning. During the WBC, teams will start with runners on second and first base from the 11th inning onwards.
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) March 6, 2017
In addition to the WBC, the rule will also be tested in the low minor leagues this season. MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre told Yahoo! last month the change is supposed to shorten game times and save pitching staffs.
“Let’s see what it looks like. It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch. As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time,” he said.
It’s difficult to argue with Torre’s logic. Considering stadiums routinely empty out during extra innings, it seems like fans wouldn’t be against changing the format. But Price’s objection to the idea is a reminder of the uphill climb MLB faces whenever it wants to mess with tradition.
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