Price, who has been on the disabled list the entire season, will be allowed to throw 85-90 pitches in his second start with Triple-A Pawtucket. In his first rehab start, Price threw 65 pitches. The 85-90 pitch count is the standard range the Red Sox have consistently said Price has to hit without experience any issues in order to come off the DL.
Price came into the year looking to bounce back from a disappointing first season with Boston after signing a seven-year, $217-million deal in the offseason. The former Cy Young winner and five-time All Star posted a 3.99 ERA — the highest ERA of his career since his rookie season when he had a 4.42 ERA — despite having a 17-9 record.
But, Price was put on the disabled list after having his left elbow sw ell up following on outing in spring training on Feb. 28. Then, Price had to slow down his rehab after he had a throwing session prior to the Red Sox’s 4-1 win over the Blue Jays, causing him to be sidelined
The Red Sox hope Price can return to form and join lefty Chris Sale and Rick Porcello in giving them a dynamic Big Three in the rotation. Porcello won the AL Cy Young last year while Sale has finished in the top six in Cy Young voting in each of the last five seasons.