Red Sox LHP Price dealing with elbow soreness

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Red Sox manager John Farrell says pitcher David Price has been dealing with "soreness" in his recovery from an injured left elbow.

That's why the Red Sox have slowed Price's rehab program this week, though he did play long toss with good intensity on Thursday morning in Toronto and he's scheduled to get back on a mound Friday. But the Boston Red Sox left-hander took a positive step forward this weekend. He mixed them in with his fastballs in a 30-pitch bullpen session.

Price experienced pain and swelling after throwing a simulated spring training game on February 28 and was later examined by surgeons James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache, who concluded that the injury did not require surgery. Otherwise he's been dependable, one of the many reasons Boston gave him a seven-year, $217 million contract.

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"That'll be based on how he comes out of the next couple of days", said Farrell.

"If you saw the way he threw the baseball today, he's not going to throw the pitches he did today with the intensity and have something structurally debilitating", Farrell said. The Red Sox haven't outlined a timetable, but it seems doubtful Price would be ready to make his season debut before at least early June.

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