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Price 'feeling good' after throwing first bullpen session since injury

Price 'feeling good' after throwing first bullpen session since injury

David Price's first full-fledged pitching effort from a mound since Feb. 28 went well on Monday, both he and manager John Farrell told reporters in Detroit.

Throwing a bullpen session is a big step as Price comes back from a left elbow injury. But no one will know quite how it went until Tuesday morning.

"Come out feeling good," Price told reporters Monday. "I wanted to have a productive day today but I want to feel good tomorrow. It's kind of like spring training all over again."

It was the day after Price's last bullpen session that he felt stiff. That's when there was a scramble to send him to see two renowned surgeons, who recommended the conservative treatment that brought him to this point.

"Threw the ball well," Farrell said. "The biggest thing is that the intensity increases in throwing, the volume as it's increased, he's responded well physically to it. That's the hopeful goal of tomorrow, coming in, feeling as consistent as he's been. Provided he does, we would be looking at a bullpen again on Wednesday."

From here, it sounds like Price will essentially restart spring training.

"We'll take a progression similar to spring training getting in front of some hitters in a simulated session that would be with us before he'd go out anywhere," Farrell said. "While we have some tentative plans for that progression, we're probably responding or addressing this as David responds to the work sessions. Thus far, it's been good.

"It's hard to project right now what not only a sim game but when a rehab assignment would begin or how many starts needed."

Price threw changeups on the mound Monday. He has not thrown a breaking ball off the mound yet, but may Wednesday in the next planned bullpen session, Farrell said.

On NESN, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Price could face hitters as soon as next week.

"No pain whatsoever, good zip on the ball, he’s making continued progress," Dombrowski said. "I think he’s right on the timeframe that we are talking about at this point. He’ll throw again on Wednesday. … One thing with him, you have to be careful, You have to kind of guard him against himself because he doesn’t have a shutdown notch. When he goes out there he really lets loose, so that’s why John’s out there watching him every single time he throws."

Asked by Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien if a return for Price in May were viable, Dombrowski backed away from the timeframe idea.

"I really don’t even have a timeframe at this point," Dombrowski said. "We’re just kind of letting him take it step by step. I think he’s going to throw a couple more sides. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s throwing to hitters next week. So he’d be in a position where all of a sudden, then we’d just take it from there. But he might be able to throw two or three innings the first time he goes out there. So when that starts happening, we’ll just take it step by step."

Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."


As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.