Price's latest 'slowdown' raises questions of what he's dealing with

Price's latest 'slowdown' raises questions of what he's dealing with

Just look at the calendar. Assess where David Price is in his rehab process.

June is creeping in.

Whether Price suffered a setback in his return from a left elbow injury is really a semantics question. Easily, you can say he did.

Sox manager John Farrell on Thursday morning told reporters in Toronto, including the Herald’s Michael Silverman, that Price has had a “slowdown.”

Obviously. Whatever. Both words -- slowdown, setback -- come to mind.

“It was the highest volume and intensity of work relative to the previous weeks that he’s been going through rehab,” Farrell told reporters. “Maybe a little bit of a slowdown, but certainly not a setback and back on the mound tomorrow.”

Here’s the bottom line: You don’t add extra days in between planned side sessions if things are going as hoped.

Last week, the Red Sox thought this week -- the one that is about to end -- could be the time Price started to face hitters. He did not.

The Sox thought Price might throw his breaking ball off a mound on April 12 and then again Saturday. He didn’t.

Now, Price on Friday is slated to throw his fourth bullpen session, and his first since Saturday.

Farrell acknowledged Price has dealt with some soreness. That’s strange. Two days ago, Farrell told reporters Price wasn’t sore.

My goodness, what else would keep him off the mound?

Considering it’ll be six days between bullpen sessions, this isn’t a dramatic turn. Recoveries can have ups and downs.

But there’s also nothing encouraging about this pace Price is on, and it again opens the door to questions of what exactly he’s dealing with. Because the team has offered nothing and Price has said he doesn’t actually know.

How many slowdowns mean they never get where they want to go?

If the conservative, non-surgical treatment fails, how bad this could be for the Sox and Price depends on what procedure Price would actually undergo.

Clay Buchholz, beloved ex-Sox righty, had surgery to repair the flexor pronator mass -- his forearm. The recovery there is typically 4-5 months.

If Price faces the same surgery, the Sox have no reason not to keep on this path. He can keep trying, and if need be, go for surgery in the fall and be on target for next spring training.

But if this rehab has been about the ulnar collateral ligament, the Sox and Price have been playing with fire.

If the surgery would be a ligament replacement or include it  -- if it would be Tommy John surgery -- the Sox and Price will have lost 2018 (or virtually all of it) and ensured that he won’t opt out.

Report: Derek Jeter-Jeb Bush group win auction for Marlins

Report: Derek Jeter-Jeb Bush group win auction for Marlins

A group led by former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has won the auction for the Miami Marlins with a $1.3 billion bid, Bloomberg reported.

Current Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes valued the franchise at $940 million.

The ownership change needs MLB approval. Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, once owned the Texas Rangers. Jeter, 42, lives in Florida, retired from the Yankees after 2014 season and is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. 



Red Sox-Yankees rained out, will be made up as part of doubleheader July 16

Red Sox-Yankees rained out, will be made up as part of doubleheader July 16

The Red Sox series opener against the Yankees at Fenway Park tonight has been postponed because of rain. 

The game will be made up for a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, July 16, beginning at 1:05 p.m.

The teams are now scheduled to open what will be a two-game series Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m.  Rick Porcello vs. the Yankees' Luis Severino was the scheduled pitching matchup for Tuesday. They'll likely go Wednesday with Red Sox ace Chris Sale facing C.C. Sabathia on Thursday. 

More to come.