Red Sox Rotation Reset: Projecting Opening Day Staff In David Price's Absence

Posted March 17, 2017

"I think at this point, yeah, it'd be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season", Farrell said, per Drellich. If you asked me a week ago, I'd have said I felt 'OK.' And I feel really good right now.

While surgery has been ruled out, at least for now, the veteran lefty still had to be shut down for over a week.

David Price and the Red Sox remain thankful they dodged the worst-case scenario when it comes to his elbow injury, but there appears to be a ways to go before the left-hander makes his first start of 2017.

Price had the sore left elbow examined earlier this month by noted Tommy John surgeon Dr. James Andrews, but came back with the prognosis of rest instead of surgery.

Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list, and is still out indefinitely.

"I know when I'll feel good enough to play catch, when I'll feel good enough to get out there or when we need to take a day". Boston remains on track to have Chris Sale, their big offseason acquisition, and Rick Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young award victor, start the first two games. "And everyone's going to want to know what's the next step, what's the next phase". We're at a 60-foot phase right now, but we don't have (instructions) that there needs to be X number of sessions at 60 feet and then we're going to progress.

"It was at the doctor's recommendation, do not put him on a structured throwing program", Farrell said. Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz, once battling for two open rotation spots, now can all be accommodated in Boston's Opening Day rotation. "A lot of what's driving this on a daily throwing schedule is how David feels".

In other Red Sox news breaking during the blizzard, the team announced its first set of cuts for the spring. There's plenty of reason to believe that group can more than hold their own until Price is able to return to the big leagues.