David Price and the Red Sox remain thankful they dodged the worst-case scenario when it comes to his elbow injury, but there appears to be a ways to go before the left-hander makes his first start of 2017.
Manager John Farrell acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that Price is likely to open the season on the disabled list as he recovers from the elbow strain that has stalled his spring training.
"I think at this point, yeah, it’d be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season," Farrell said, via the Boston Herald. "You know, we really won’t have any kind of idea until he gets on the mound the first time. And right now I don’t know when that’s gonna be."
Price's activity has been limited to light throwing; he played catch Monday and Tuesday after throwing into a net the previous two days. Once he is cleared to ramp back up to full speed, he'll essentially have to start spring training over with bullpen sessions and facing hitters before building up enough innings to step into the big-league rotation.
With less than three weeks remaining until opening day, it makes sense for the Red Sox to shut down any hopes that Price might be ready to open the season so he doesn't push too hard to return. And when that return might occur is very much an open question at the moment.
"It was at the doctor’s recommendation, do not put him on a structured throwing program," Farrell said. "It may be either too quick or too slow, depending on how he feels. A lot of what’s driving this on a daily throwing schedule is how David feels."