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.
With his team trailing 8-3 to begin the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Astros, Indians third baseman José Ramirez eventually won a 17-pitch at-bat against closer Ken Giles, ripping a double off of the wall in right field. The Indians would go on to score five runs on seven hits to tie the game against Giles and Hector Rondon. Ramirez almost won the game in his second at-bat of the ninth inning, but first basebamn Yuli Gurriel made a terrific diving catch on a line drive otherwise headed for the right field corner.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record for the longest at-bat last month, seeing 21 pitches against the Angels’ Jaime Barria. The Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez sfaw 20 pitches from the Indians’ Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, which was the previous record. Kevin Bass saw 19 pitches from the Phillies’ Steve Bedrosian in 1988. There have also been five 18-pitch at-bats from Brian Downing, Bip Roberts, Alex Cora, Adam Kennedy, and Marcus Semien.
Sunday’s game wound up going 14 innings. The Astros pulled ahead 9-8 in the top of the 13th on a solo home run from Evan Gattis. However, the Indians’ Yonder Alonso responded with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 13th to re-knot the game at 9-9. Greg Allen then lifted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 14th to give the Indians a 10-9 win.
After Sunday’s effort, Ramirez is batting .292/.389/.605 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. According to FanGraphs, his 3.5 Wins Above Replacement ranks third across baseball behind Mike Trout (4.4) and Mookie Betts (4.1). They’re the only players at three wins or above.