FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz, who suffered a slight hamstring strain in the first day of drills last week, threw a bullpen under the watchful eye of manager John Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves Monday morning.
"He threw all his pitches," said Farrell, "had no restrictions. He's not yet cleared for full baseball activity, but his mound session was good and puts him in line to face some hitters on Wednesday with live batting practice."
The Sox haven't yet scheduled Buchholz for an exhibition start, but as Farrell noted, "with the few days that he did miss, he was able to keep his arm in shape so he should be fine in terms of his original assignment date."
By contrast, the Sox are being careful with reliever Craig Breslow, who was found to have some inflammation in his left shoulder last week.
"He's still getting treatment," said Farrell. "He's probably not responding as fast as we all anticipated, so he's maybe at a little bit of a plateau right now. But the MRI he underwent didn't show any significant changes. We're still trying to get that inflammation out there."
Felix Doubront, meanwhile, threw from about 160 feet in long toss and also will throw live BP Wednesday.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.
After another bad rehab start in Pawtucket by David Price, should the Red Sox begin to worry about their $30 million per year starting pitcher.