David Price will not be available until late April at the absolute earliest due to his elbow injury, but the high-priced lefty was able to play catch this past weekend.
“There was a series of strength tests done in the training room and we felt like he was improved to the point of initiating more throwing,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told the AP. “Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight and will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s not set distance and volume yet to the throws.”
With Price out, the Sox’ rotation lines up as follows: Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Steven Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz.
Cold start projected for Sox
Whomever came up with the 2017 MLB regular season schedule has likely never been to Boston in early April. While it’s typical for the Red Sox to open their season on the road given that it’s still basically winter here, the Sox will be playing real baseball at Fenway starting next Monday. In fact, nine out of the Sox’ first 13 games will take place at the old ballpark in the Fens.
Boston will host the Pirates for three games to open the year, then will play at Detroit for four games over that first weekend before returning home to face the Orioles in a two-game set and the Rays in a four-gamer. It’s the first time the Red Sox will open the regular season at home since 2010.