David Price is ahead of schedule


David Price was expected to need three or four rehab starts, but after impressing everyone with a simulated game yesterday he’s apparently ahead of schedule. From MLB.com:

Maddon was so impressed with his ace that he said the plans for Price’s return would be accelerated.

“He’s actually exceeding expectations a little bit,” Maddon said. “I thought he could have pitched today in an actual game … He’s accelerated; there’s no question,” he added. “I just have to sit down and talk with everybody before I give you guys bad information. I just saw a guy who was a lot further along than we thought.”

He’ll still likely do a rehab assignment next week, but don’t be surprised if it only lasts one start.


Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.