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.

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