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Farrell on Price: 'Little by little, making his way back'

Farrell on Price: 'Little by little, making his way back'

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on Tuesday on MLB Network Radio that David Price is “little by little making his way back.”

“[Price has come] out of each of his last half-dozen throwing sessions feeling good about himself,” Farrell told hosts Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette.

Farrell reiterated Price needs to throw from 120-150 feet before he can throw off a mound.

Tyler Thornburg, meanwhile, is about to have his throwing shoulder rechecked as he hits the one week mark without throwing.

“That seven days expires tomorrow. He’ll get rechecked,” Farrell said. “And what happens is, when they go through a recheck it’s more strength testing in the training room with our medical staff.”

Farrell explained that the shoulder program that was oft-talked about this spring was founded on a baseline of exercises set out by the late Dr. Frank Jobe.

“Over the course of about a 10-year period, our maintenance program with pitchers has evolved," Farrell said. “That’s the root.”

Visits with Dr. James Andrews have influenced the direction the program has gone.

With Thornburg, Farrell said, “the shoulder program probably identified some areas of weakness that needed to be addressed and that’s what we’re working through.”

Certainly, some level of blame has to fall to Thornburg himself.

Drew Pomeranz (forearm) is on track to pitch this weekend in Detroit after working in a game Monday in Fort Myers. No decision has been announced but Farrell said "things are pointing in the right direction for Drew."

“Velocity was in the low 90s, pretty consistently 91, 92,” Farrell said. “And I think the finish to his curveball . . . that was much improved.”

Farrell said there were people with the organization that went down to Florida specifically to watch Pomeranz’s minor-league outing. He’s on the 10-day disabled list.

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.