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Red Sox feel it's too early to check on David Price's velocity

Red Sox feel it's too early to check on David Price's velocity

BOSTON - David Price’s third bullpen session is set for Saturday, with an increase to 45 pitches and the first test of his breaking ball off the mound expected. If all goes well, Sox manager John Farrell reinforced what Dave Dombrowski previously suggested - that Price could face hitters next week.

“We’ll see how Saturday goes,” Farrell said Thursday. “What we plan to do is have him up and down in that bullpen. It will be a 45-pitch pen. Not to go 45 consecutive, but maybe it could be 25 and a 20 just to break it up. Coming out of that, if he’s feeling as consistent as he’s been, could foresee hitters possibly early next week.


“I would anticipate Saturday being the use of his breaking ball. He’s spinning a breaking ball off flat ground now. His two bullpens have been primarily fastballs at this point.”
Price would need to get his pitch count up to a normal range — figure near 90 pitches — so Farrell confirmed the idea Price is essentially restarting spring training.

At some point, the Sox will have to take stock of how well Price is throwing in terms of velocity and movement. But that’s still to come.

“I wouldn’t anticipate in a live BP or sim game that we would look to do that right now,” Farrell said of checking a radar gun on Price. “He’s throwing with quite a bit of intensity. To give you an exact percentage, I can’t say, but he’s not just easily going through his delivery. I mean, there’s effort and intensity to the pitches thrown. And when you’re able to see him throw his sinker or two-seamer to his glove side — which is what you look for to be the most extension — he’s doing that right now.”

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.