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David Price threw off a mound for the first time since February

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Red Sox starter David Price threw a bullpen on Monday, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. It marked the first time he threw off a mound to a crouching catcher since February 28, as the lefty has been dealing with an elbow injury.

Price sounded optimistic about the results. He said, “It feels really good right now. So, everything that’s happened the past couple weeks has all been good for my confidence and just the mental aspect of it, so it all feels good.”

Manager John Farrell said Price will throw another bullpen on Wednesday with the goal of increasing the intensity of Price’s pitching. The Red Sox still don’t have a timetable for Price’s recovery, but he isn’t expected to return until May at the earliest, according to Jennings.

Price, 31, is in the second year of a seven-year, $217 million contract signed with the Red Sox in December 2015. He was hoping to rebound from a disappointing first season — by his standards — with the Red Sox, as he finished with a 3.99 ERA in 35 starts.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.