Price likely to start season on disabled list for Red Sox
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 16:58
David Price is likely to begin the season on the disabled list while he recovers from a strained left elbow.
"I think at this point, yeah, it'd be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season", Farrell said. Rodriguez and Wright both missed time last season due to injury and had a delayed start to spring training, as did Pomeranz. Because he's 31 and has rebounded from similar soreness in his elbow and forearm, they determined he would bounce back again without surgical intervention. The pain came after a simulated game. Addressing reporters at the team's facility in Fort Myers, Price said that his elbow is feeling better and that swelling continues to subside.
"I'm not a good guy for the DL", said Price, who is nearly certain to begin the season on the disabled list. "A lot of what's driving this on a daily throwing schedule is how David feels". Two days later, Price traveled to Indianapolis to be examined by Drs. If they get through those, they'd be pretty much set up to go six innings, 90 pitches in their first games of the regular season. He's not ready to commit to being ready for the start of the season, but he likes where he's headed.
That opens up a spot in the rotation for all three of Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz, if healthy.
Of course, it's not exactly time to panic in Boston - Sale and Porcello still represent a formidable 1-2 punch atop the rotation, and Price figures to join them before long. With enough depth in their rotation to cover an injury, the Red Sox can afford to bring Price along slowly.
Issues will arise if either of those three can not go to begin the season.
Also today, pitchers Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Brandon Workman were optioned to Triple A Pawtucket, while third baseman Rafael Devers, outfielder Junior Lake and catcher Jordan Procyshen were reassigned to minor league camp. "He didn't pitch at all in the majors a year ago, so you'd like to see him pitch in Pawtucket a little bit before you give him a Major League game".
If the Red Sox want to reach their full ceiling in 2017 and repeat as American League East champions, having Price as close to 100 percent as possible for most of the season is the easiest way to achieve it. The doctors told him that were he 22 or 23, they'd recommend surgery.