Painful elbow sidelines Price
Red Sox scratch left-hander from first spring start.
Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price was scratched from his first spring training start and will consult with specialists after experiencing soreness in his left elbow and forearm.
Price, who had been scheduled to make his first spring training start this weekend, had an MRI on Wednesday and is expected to seek second opinions from Drs. James Andrews and Neil ElAttrache.
Manager John Farrell said Price threw 38 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday and felt no discomfort.
The Red Sox were counting on Price, along with Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and lefty Chris Sale, acquired from the White Sox, to lead the pitching staff.
Price went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in a major league-leading 35 starts last season, his first after signing a $210 million, seven-year contract. Intentional walk rule takes effect: Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced their agreement on pitchless intentional walks, and the change took effect with exhibition games Thursday. If a manager signals the plate umpire for an intentional walk, the umpire would tell the batter to take first base. Commissioner Rob Manfred had hoped for more radical paceof-game changes, but the union did not agree to raising the bottom of the strike zone, pitch clocks or limits on trips to the mound. Abreu, trainer close: White Sox star Jose Abreu testified he had a close relationship with a Florida baseball trainer on trial along with a sports agent for allegedly smuggling Cuban ballplayers off the island. He acknowledged giving Julio Estrada $25,000 a month after Estrada’s assets were frozen by the government following his indictment in the smuggling case — $10,000 more than Estrada had requested. Abreu also paid Estrada’s wife an undisclosed amount to help decorate the player’s South Florida home. He bought a separate $500,000 house in the Florida Keys for
Estradaand at Abreu’s Estradato wedding.live was in best rent-free,Estradaman and Hernandez sports are agent charged Bartolo with conspiracy and alien smuggling for allegedly overseeing a network that brought Abreu and other ballplayers out of Cuba by boat to third countries where they could establish residency and seek free-agent contracts.
Blue Jays: Manager John Gibbons hopes second baseman Devon Travis will be ready for the start of the season but can’t guarantee it. Travis is slowed by a bone bruise on his right knee bone, the same knee on which he had offseason surgery to remove cartilage.
Nationals: Setup man Joe Blanton, 36, agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract.
David Price is expected to consult with specialists after experiencing soreness in his left elbow and forearm. Price had an MRI on Wednesday.