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Things not trending well for David Price

Rob Bradford
August 18, 2017 - 5:49 pm

A week ago, it appeared as though David Price was on the path back to the Red Sox' rotation. Now the tone regarding the pitcher has taken a turn for the worse.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to his team's game against the Yankees Friday night that Price has stopped his throwing program for the time being due to continued stiffness. The most recent throwing session, which was off flat ground, came prior to Tuesday's game against St. Louis.

While Farrell wouldn't suggest the elbow injury has taken a turn for the worse, the manager is realistic about where this delay puts Price in terms of making a contribution for the end of hte regular season.

"The concern is just the time. That's probably the biggest one," Farrell said. "But I can't say that there's additional concern because something else has happened. That's not part of it. It's just that we, he needs additional time to let everything quiet down in it's entirety. When you look at the calendar, that's the one thing that kind of comes to mind. But we can't rush it. We have to do what's best and what's right for David Price."

So, does that mean, with just more than six weeks left in the regular season there is some doubt regarding Price's availabity at any point during the remainder of 2017?

"There’s still hope to do that," said Farrell when asked if he believed Price would pitch again this season. "But I think we’re also realistic here too that he’s got to build up to an aggressive long-toss situation, not in terms of overall distance, but number of throws with some aggression and build-back to the mound. That’s still going to take some time. Like I said, I don’t have a return date at all."

Price last appeared July 23, pitching against the Angels in Anaheim. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list July 28 after experiencing discomfort in his the same pitching elbow he had issues with starting in spring training.

"[He] didn’t feel like he was, the other day I said he felt a little stiff during his throwing," Farrell said. "That still exists so we’re not going to push to the point where this ends up being maybe a little bit more so we’re holding off right now."

Farrell said he was unaware of the team looking outside the organization for help in the starting rotation, with Doug Fister continuing to be slotted into Price's spot for the time being. Fister is being moved back a day to pitch the series opener in Cleveland, Monday. Rick Porcello is being moved back up a day to start Sunday's game against the Yankees.

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