David Price's final numbers were respectable -- 3.99 ERA and 228 strikeouts in a league-high 230 innings -- but not worth $30 million a year. He struggled with command at times, allowing a career-high 30 homers and his highest WHIP since 2009. When his season started slowly, there was the sense he'd come around. When he didn't, there was talk of reduced fastball velocity, reminding us that Price is entering his 30s and may be losing some mustard. Then his leg kick wasn't as high as it used to be. When the velocity and the mechanics came back, there was always something -- poor command, too many hits, inability to put hitters away, a shaky bullpen -- conspiring against him. He eventually pitched better in the second half and still wound up with a BB/9 below 2.00 for the fourth straight year. If a mixed-league fantasy draft room lets him fall outside of the top 12 starting pitchers, he'll wind up a profitable bargain.
Price (elbow) is showing improved strength and will continue throwing in a cage, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports. These are positive signs for Price in his rehab, although there's still no set distance or volume on his throws. It was revealed earlier this week that the veteran left-hander could miss most of April, so the Red Sox appear to be content with taking things slowly and not increasing his intensity too quickly. Manager John Farrell went as far to say that Price's strength is where it was at the beginning of camp. There's still no clear timetable on the recovery process, but it's safe to assume Drew Pomeranz will get an extended stay in the starting rotation to begin the season.
Price (elbow) may be out until May at the earliest, Evan Drellich of Comcast Sportsnet New England reports. It's important to note that the Red Sox have not offered up a timetable for Price, but he will need to go through the process of getting fully stretched out before he's cleared to join the Boston rotation. Price is scheduled to be evaluated again by team doctors Tuesday.
Price (elbow) will be examined by the Red Sox team doctor on Monday to evaluate his arm strength, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Price has been slowly working his way back to mound work after experiencing forearm and elbow inflammation earlier in the month, and if his arm is deemed strong enough by the team doctor, he could see an increase in the intensity of his throwing. The Red Sox won't rush Price, however, as they're already planning on the 31-year-old starting the season on the DL. It's a situation to monitor, and a firmer timetable could be revealed if all goes well with the doctor.
Price (elbow) took Wednesday off after throwing three consecutive days, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Price will play catch Thursday out to a distance of 60 feet, getting in between 30 and 40 throws. The Red Sox have indicated Price is expected to start the season on the disabled list.
Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Tuesday that Price (elbow) would likely begin the season on the disabled list, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. After Price was shut down earlier this month after experiencing forearm and elbow inflammation, he received some good news when it was determined that surgery wouldn't be necessary, but the lefty is still without a clear timetable for a return. Though Price was able to play catch on flat ground from about 60 feet Tuesday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, it's uncertain when he'll be able to resume mound work, and with Opening Day about three weeks away, time is working against Price. Assuming Price indeed winds up on the DL, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz would all be in line for rotation spots to begin the season.