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Price, Pedroia to rehab at home with Sox on road; Pomeranz's next start up in the air


Price, Pedroia to rehab at home with Sox on road; Pomeranz's next start up in the air

BOSTON — A significant week of rehabilitation work awaits the Red Sox, so much so that head athletic trainer Brad Pearson is going to remain in Boston when the team goes to Cleveland on Monday for the start of a four-game series.

There are some big names who will stick around with him.

David Price is not yet throwing from flat ground yet and will remain in Boston, as will Dustin Pedroia, who is expected to begin baseball activities this week. Those activities could be at Fenway Park or with short-season Class A Lowell, which is scheduled to play at home Tuesday through Thursday.

Carson Smith’s not going to be activated imminently, but his pitch-every-three-days schedule could see him move up to pitching on two days rest this week. Smith’s with Triple-A Pawtucket, on his way back from a shoulder injury that cropped up as he was returning from Tommy John surgery.

“The velocity has a little variation to it, which you would expect,” Farrell said. “But the key thing for me is he’s feeling better quicker coming out of the outings. So he’s going to pitch again on Monday.”

Whether he pitches again Wednesday or Thursday remains to be seen.

Reliever Ben Taylor is also nearing a minor league rehab assignment, with live hitters scheduled this week and game action hoped for by Friday.

Pomeranz next start up in the air: A day after Drew Pomeranz exited the Red Sox’ 9-6 win in the fourth inning because of back spasms, it remained unclear if Pomeranz (12-4, 3.31 ERA) would make his next scheduled start.

“He’s improved today,” Farrell said. “There’s still some soreness to the right, kind of on the right belt-line area where the spasms are present. He’s of the mindset that he’s going to be ready to go for a start. 

“He typically throws a side on Day 3 in between the starts. So that will have a lot of bearing on [what happens] going forward. We’re in a day-to-day situation and optimistic he’d make his next start.”

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.