FORT MYERS, Fla. — Though the Boston Red Sox will proceed with caution, tests have revealed left-handed pitcher David Price’s health is improving.
“There was a series of strength tests done this morning in the training room and (we) felt like he was improved to the point of initiating more throwing,” manager John Farrell said in an interview with the AP.
Price took part in a brief game of catch Saturday in light of the results.
“Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight and will continue in this phase for a period of time,” Farrell said. “There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.”
Price, who is entering the second year of a seven-year, $217 million contract, felt optimistic after the game.
“Felt good,” he said. “Felt normal. No restrictions. So it was a good day.”
Price first noticed the discomfort in his elbow after pitching two innings of a simulated game Feb. 28.
On March 3, he left camp to meet with doctors. They recommended rest and anti-inflammatory medications to aid in the healing process.
Price said he wants to take his time in recovery. He is not expected to pitch in a game before May.
“I’ve been through this before,” he said. “It’s not something you want to have to go through. But if you do it the right way and treat it the right way, you can come back stronger and ready to go.”
Price leads the majors with 529 1/3 innings pitched from 2010-2016. In six of those seven seasons, he surpassed 200 innings. He leads the majors with 101 starts since 2014.