The help required by the Boston Red Sox in their rotation is set to arrive very briefly. ESPN’s Scott Lauber reported that David Price will pitch in a simulated game on Tuesday, and if everything goes well he will be given the green light to start his rehab in the minors.
The ex-Cy Young award winner hasn’t been allowed to debut this year as a consequence of the pain and swelling he has suffered in his left elbow. He injured his elbow during Spring Training and has kept him out of the field since then.
This will be the lefty’s third simulated game since he started his rehab process back in early April. There were concerns only once during his rehab, on April 20, when he complained about an ache in his elbow, but it thankfully didn’t develop into anything serious.
In his last simulated game on May 4, he had an average throwing speed ranging between 93-95 mph and he hasn’t felt any discomfort since then. This will surely become a huge task for the lefty as completing his last simulated game will mean his rehab in the minors could finally begin, and he will subsequently make his debut with Boston in 2017.
This is Price’s second year under contract with the Red Sox, a team he signed with for seven years and $217 million. He will have a chance to leave the club in 2018, though, if he firmly believes his market value is superior to the remaining $127 million in his contract from 2019 on.