Painful el­bow side­lines Price

Red Sox scratch left-han­der from first spring start.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - DAVID GOLD­MAN / AP

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 wed­ 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.

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