David Price and the Red Sox remain thankful they dodged the worst-case scenario when it comes to his elbow injury, but the Cy Young Award winner is still without a timetable for a return to the mound and it could be longer than expected because of a recent setback in his rehab.
Manager John Farrell acknowledged to reporters Thursday (via the Boston Globe) that Price's rehab has been slowed by soreness around his elbow as he recovers from an elbow strain that has sidelined him since spring training.
Price has been cleared to ramp up to full speed in recent bullpen sessions, and he's scheduled to get back on a mound Friday. At this rate, it could be closer to the end of May before Price makes his 2017 regular-season debut.
Price obviously hit some bump on the rehab road, which happens. But he was throwing with extension and zip this morning.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 20, 2017
Injury issues are out of the norm for Price, who at most missed about six weeks in the middle of the 2013 season with a strained triceps. Otherwise he's been dependable, one of the many reasons Boston gave him a seven-year, $217 million contract.
The 31-year-old shouldered the load for an injury-riddled Red Sox rotation last season, leading the majors with 35 starts and 230 innings. But his 3.99 ERA was his worst since his rookie season with Tampa Bay in 2009, and he surrendered a career-high 8.9 hits per nine innings.