David Price took a small - but important - step in his recovery from the forearm and elbow soreness that has sidetracked his spring training.
The Red Sox lefty made 25 throws into a batting cage net on Saturday in his first baseball activity since seeing Dr. James Andrews last week.
“I know yesterday we talked about increasing the rehab and putting some plyometrics in place. But he actually went and threw in the cage today, about 25 throws, and the range of motion, the freeness to the movement is all positive,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. “Granted, we recognize we’re at the early stages right now, but it’s a good day for David.
“We’re still a ways from getting him [throwing] off a mound,” Farrell said. With a little more than three weeks until the April 3 opener, and with five, or perhaps six, starters lined up in addition to Price, the Red Sox will take a cautious approach.
“All of the early phase of throwing are going to be short, controlled effort and energy," Farrell said. "We’re not even mapping out distances right now. We’re more interested in seeing how his arm responds to even the light throwing."
The Red Sox have lefty ace Chris Sale, Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, All-Star knuckleballer Steven Wright, and lefties Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz in the rotation, with free agent righty Kyle Kendrick as another possible option. Kendrick has had a strong spring so far (3.00 ERA in three appearances after pitching four scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.)
Farrell wouldn't put a timetable on Price's return to the mound.
“I’m not really focused on any kind of timeline," Farrell said. "He’s going to be out there when he’s ready, first available."