Boston’s Price is now able to play catch
David Price was able to take part in a brief game of catch Saturday, a small sign of progress for the Boston left-hander’s ailing pitching elbow.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell said Price didn’t throw off a mound but was able to “get the arm moving with a ball in flight.” There’s still no timetable for Price’s return.
Price, 31, is entering the second year of a seven-year, $217 million contract. Price felt discomfort in his elbow the day after pitching two innings of a simulated game Feb. 28. He left camp March 3 to meet with specialist James Andrews and physician Neal ElAttrache, who recommended rest and anti-inflammatory medication rather than surgery or an injection.
ASTROS: Houston Manager A.J. Hinch will have to wait at least one more day to get his complete lineup into a game.
Shortstop Carlos Correa, back with the club after the World Baseball Classic, complained of midsection soreness brought on by extensive coughing and requested one more day off.
Correa started feeling cold-like symptoms while still in Los Angeles for the WBC championship game. He didn’t arrive back in Florida until early Friday and Saturday morning marked his first time back in the clubhouse.
Playing for Puerto Rico, Correa hit .333 with three homers to lead a run to the silver medal.
INDIANS: Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will be sidelined for three days after spraining his right shoulder when he crashed into a wall.
Chisenhall was examined Saturday, a day after he was hurt chasing a flyball against the Cubs.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis, who had been shut down for two weeks because of shoulder trouble, resumed baseball activity.
“Kipnis took some swings in the cage and some mild throwing,” Manager Terry Francona said. “He is feeling good.”
Bunting becoming a dying art
Get ’em on, move ’em over, drive ’em in.
That old-school philosophy doesn’t play in the major leagues anymore. Teams rely more on the long ball than small ball.
As a result, the sacrifice bunt is a dying art.
There were only 1,025 sacrifices in the majors last season, down from 1,667 in 2011. The average of .21 sacrifices per game in 2016 was the lowest in baseball history, according to Baseball Reference.
The influence of sabermetrics is a major reason sacrifice bunts are down — batters just don’t try to get ’em down anymore.
“A lot of managers don’t like to waste outs and they consider a bunt a wasted out,” said Philadelphia first base coach Mickey Morandini.
Sabermetricians have argued for years that teams have a better chance of scoring a runner from first base with no outs than scoring a runner from second base with one out.