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Price takes first step in recovery - 25 throws into a net

Price takes first step in recovery - 25 throws into a net

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."

John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


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."