Red Sox lefty David Price has yet to see game action in 2017 because of inflammation in his throwing elbow and forearm. Thus far, the club has been hesitant to lay out any sort of timeline for his return to the rotation, but as of Saturday one may be emerging ...
John Farrell said David Price could begin a rehab assignment after one more sim game, which would line him up to start rehabbing on May 14.— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) May 6, 2017
Price is slated for four simulated innings on Tuesday, and if all goes well he'll make his first minor-league rehab appearance a week from Sunday.
But wait: There's more! Per Rob Bradford of WEEI, Farrell also said that Price, barring setback, would make two additional rehab appearances on May 19 and May 24. That, then, would put Price in line to rejoin the Boston rotation at the end of May, likely during a road series against the White Sox.
All of this assumes continued progress on Price's part and no recurrence of symptoms. On that front, one positive sign is that Price, according to Chelsi McDonald, showed good velocity during a recent 50-pitch simulated game at Fenway. That bodes well as Price embarks upon this reasonably specific path back to the active roster.
Price, 31, is in the second year of a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Sox. Last season, he pitched to a 3.99 ERA and 4.56 K/BB ratio in a major-league leading 230 innings. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 124 across parts of nine big-league seasons. Price has also been a remarkably durable pitcher throughout most of his career. He's registered at least 200 innings in six of the past seven seasons, although he won't reach that threshold in 2017.
You can always use an ace like Price back in the fold, but the Sox -- all-in on 2017 -- could really use him, especially in light of Steven Wright's .