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David Price, Tyler Thornburg progressing as Opening Day nears

David Price, Tyler Thornburg progressing as Opening Day nears

David Price’s recovery has not stagnated, even though he’s not presently throwing, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida on Tuesday.

A full-blown throwing program would “ideally” begin in coming days, Farrell said.

“He has kept his arm moving,” Farrell told reporters before a Red Sox night game against the Yankees. “He’s incorporated some throwing, he’s incorporated some plyometrics with the arm and movement as you would throwing a baseball. He’s not static or stagnant in terms of the full range of motion used to throw a baseball.”

Price has attempted to throw from flat ground. The fact that he hasn’t continued to do so steadily isn’t encouraging.

But, at the same time, the Red Sox and Price made clear his recovery would be dependent on how he feels -- that it would be very unpredictable. They also made clear there will be no rush.

“You don’t really attach yourself to a calendar,” Farrell said. “You’ve got to listen to the pitchers situation, how his body is responding and what the objective tests are telling us. He’s getting closer to getting a ball back in his hand.”

Farrell said Price’s strength tests are close to what they were when camp began.

Righty Tyler Thornburg, who was having trouble with his throwing shoulder, appears to be making progress and is to pitch in a minor league game Friday. He threw in a simulated game Tuesday.

"I was throwing strikes,” Thornburg told reporters. “The ball was jumping a heck of a lot more than it was last time. The curveball was a lot sharper.”

Farrell acknowledged Thornburg is running out of time to be ready for the Opening Day bullpen, but didn’t rule out his availability.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.