Red Sox’s Price to start sea­son on DL

Sore el­bow has kept left-han­der from pitch­ing this spring.

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Bos­ton Red Sox left-han­der David Price is likely to start the sea­son on the dis­abled list be­cause of a sore el­bow.

Start­ing the sec­ond sea­son of a $217 mil­lion, seven-year con­tract, Price has not yet ap­peared in an ex­hi­bi­tion game.

“I think at this point, yeah, it would be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the sea­son,” man­ager John Far­rell said Tues­day. “We re­ally won’t have any kind of idea un­til he gets on the mound the first time and right now, I don’t know when that’s go­ing to be.”

The AL East cham­pi­ons had hoped for a for­mi­da­ble ro­ta­tion headed by Price, Cy Young Award win­ner Rick Por­cello and Chris Sale, ac­quired in De­cem­ber from the White Sox.

Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award win­ner with Tampa Bay, was 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA last year. He felt dis­com­fort in his left el­bow fol­low­ing a two-in­ning sim­u­lated game Feb. 28.

Doc­tors said Price would not need surgery or an in­jec­tion but should take anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion and rest his arm.

Rockies: Catcher Tom Mur­phy will miss four to six weeks with a hair­line frac­ture in his right fore­arm. Mur­phy, who broke his arm Satur­day against the Cubs when he was hit by An­thony Rizzo’s bat while throw­ing to sec­ond base on a steal at­tempt, is not ex­pected to need surgery.

Reds: Pitcher An­thony DeS­clafani is ex­pected to be­gin the sea­son on the dis­abled list with a sprained right el­bow. The right-han­der, 26, missed the start of last sea­son with a strained left oblique but re­turned to post a 9-5 record in 20 starts.

Car­di­nals: Pitcher Jor­dan Schafer will have surgery this week on his left el­bow and may need a Tommy John op­er­a­tion. Schafer, 30, spent six sea­sons in the ma­jors as an out­fielder with the Braves, Astros and Twins but is try­ing to rein­vent him­self as a pitcher af­ter his ca­reer ap­peared to have ended.

White Sox: Rookie out­fielder Char­lie Til­son will be­gin the sea­son on the dis­abled list af­ter an MRI re­con­firmed he sus­tained a stress re­ac­tion in his right foot ear­lier this spring.

Cubs: NL MVP Kris Bryant says he was grate­ful the Cubs com­pen­sated him Fri­day with the largest con­tract ever given to a player not yet el­i­gi­ble for salary ar­bi­tra­tion. “I felt like I earned it,” Bryant said of his $1.05 mil­lion con­tract for 2017. “I felt like just see­ing where I fall with guys that were in my sit­u­a­tion, I feel re­spected. It’s nice.” The ma­jor league min­i­mum for 2017 is $535,000. Bryant earned $652,000 in 2016.

Astros: Newly elected Hall of Famer Jeff Bag­well is in spring camp help­ing Cuban signee Yuli Gur­riel learn how to play first base. Gur­riel, 32, signed with Hous­ton in July.

World Clas­sic

Ja­pan 8, Cuba 5: Tet­suto Ya­mada hit two home runs in Tokyo as Ja­pan im­proved to 2-0 in Pool E and can ad­vance to the WBC cham­pi­onship round in Los An­ge­les on March 20-22 with a win over Is­rael to­day. Venezuela 4, Italy 3: Miguel Cabr­era hit a ty­ing homer, and Rougned Odor de­liv­ered a go-ahead sin­gle dur­ing a three-run rally in the ninth in­ning as Venezuela ousted Italy in Guadala­jara, Mex­ico. Venezuela will face the United States in the Pool F opener for both teams tonight in San Diego.

MATT ROBERTS / GETTY IM­AGES

Ja­pan’s Tet­suto Ya­mada (right) cel­e­brates one of his two homers Tues­day with Shogo Akiyama in an 8-5 vic­tory over Cuba in the WBC in Tokyo.

David Price is start­ing the sec­ond sea­son of a $217M, 7-year deal.

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