Red Sox injury updates on Cook, Ellsbury

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Red Sox injury updates on Cook, Ellsbury

BOSTON Right-hander Aaron Cook, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after being spiked just below his left knee in his only start this season, is progressing.

Cook went on the DL on May 6, a day after going just 2 23 innings in a loss to the Orioles. Attempting to cover the plate on a passed ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Cooks knee came down on Chris Davis spike, opening a gash that required 11 stitches.

Manager Bobby Valentine said before Mondays series opener with the Mariners, Cook is pretty good.

Hes thrown. He still has the stitches in there but hes kept his arm in good shape,. And were trying to simulate some throwing so he throws and sits down, throws and sits down. So when it is time for him to pitch again he doesnt have to start from the 2-inning stint. He might be able to throw five innings, have his arm built up to that 70-pitch, or 75-pitch barrier.

Valentine was unsure if Cook would need a rehab start at this point.

Jacoby Ellsbury was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday to make room on the 40-man roster for first baseman Mauro Gomez, who made his major league debut.

Ellsbury was initially placed on the DL on April 14 with a right shoulder subluxation. He would be eligible to be activated June 12.

He just looked good in the weight room, Valentine said. He looks good in the training room. Now I havent see him on that field of dreams out there where its all green and he looks so natural but he hasnt had any setbacks. He has almost full range of motion, his strength is building, so its all good. His agility and his cardio, he's worked really hard on those things, and his legs.

I dont have a best case for you. Being on the 60-day disabled list we can start counting days for the best case, but its going to be after that.

David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

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David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

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Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.