On the heels of an apparent triceps injury for fellow starter Drew Pomeranz, Red Sox’ hurler David Price is eyeing an early return to the rotation this month. Price has been rehabbing a left elbow injury since early March and was scheduled to make his first rehab start in Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday afternoon. A rainout forced him to scrap the start, but he built his pitch count to 75 pitches over five innings of a simulated indoor game instead.
While there’s no concrete timetable for the left-hander’s return, club manager John Farrell told reporters that Price will pitch one real start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. If he makes it through an estimated 85-90 pitches with no issues, he could be cleared to rejoin the Red Sox’ rotation sometime in the next week or two. As Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal put it, “the issue for Price is more about the number of pitches he has thrown than testing his left elbow in game action against minor-league competition.” There’s significant upside for the injury-riddled Red Sox if they can get one of their best starters back in the fold, but no sense in rushing his return until he can handle a full workload again.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.