Boston Red Sox

David Price fighting the clock in return from injury

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David Price fighting the clock in return from injury

BOSTON — Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged on Friday the clock is working against David Price, who did not throw from flat ground because of continued stiffness. The last time Price has thrown on flat ground was Tuesday, the team said.

It’s been apparent for some time that the clock was working against Price, but a public acknowledgment of the obvious has become a notable thing around Fenway Park.

"The concern is just the time,” Farrell said. “That’s probably the biggest one. 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.”

The minor league season ends about a month earlier than the major league season, leaving reduced options for Price to face hitters next month.

Farrell was asked about the location of the stiffness Price has been feeling and gave a non-answer — which is to say, a typical answer when it comes to Price's health. Price is on the disabled list because of a bothersome left elbow.

“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.

“I can’t say it’s been symptom-free entirely. But as it’s not dissipated completely, just felt like let’s stay the course with treatment to try to get that resolved and get that out of there before looking to resume for one and then build up past that.”

BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

1:00 - Shaughnesy, Drellich and Merloni give their leading off impressions regarding the Red Sox

4:00 - Dan Shaughnessy explains why he is still skeptical about the Red Sox team, and why he will not be able to feel confident until he sees them play in the postseason

9:00 - Does our Baseball Show crew have a problem with the Red Sox letting Chris Sale pitch the 8th inning so he could get his 300th strikeout?

15:00 - Jared Carrabis joins the Baseball Show crew to discuss what matches he likes for the Red Sox in the playoffs. 

17:00 - Jared Carrabis on how would the Red Sox match up against the Yankees in the playoffs

20:00 - How does Jared Carrabis think about the use of David Price as a relief pitcher?

Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

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Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

CINCINNATI - Mookie Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds that moved them closer to the AL East title.

By winning 14 of its last 17 games, Boston has left virtually no opening for the second-place New York Yankees to catch up. The Red Sox, already assured a playoff spot, completed an 8-1 road trip that put them in excellent position to win a second consecutive division crown for the first time in franchise history.

Coupled with New York's 9-5 loss in Toronto, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to three. They lead the Yankees by five games with seven to play.

That means Fenway Park can start preparing for a potential celebration. Boston finishes the regular season at home with three games against Toronto and four vs. Houston.

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