David Price Labors, Leaves Ballpark Early Without Speaking To Media, In Rehab Outing With AAA Pawtucket
David Price had his second rehab appearance for the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight in their game against the Cincinnati Reds AAA affiliate, the Louisville Bats. He went 3.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 K’s (1 looking) and 1 wild pitch on 89 pitches (61 strikes). Price had his velocity tonight with his fastball sitting between 93-96 mph.
Yes he did have the velocity tonight but he was laboring throughout his outing. He threw 28 pitches in each of the first 2 innings. In the 1st inning, Price was very fastball and cutter friendly. He gave up 4 runs, but only 2 were earned due to an error by 1st basemen Matt Dominguez. In the 2nd inning, Price focused on his changeup and curveball, giving up 2 runs (1 earned run) in the process.
Overall, Price labored in his 2nd rehab outing. He had a Drew Pomeranz like outing with it taking 89 pitches to go 3.2 innings. But he was getting a lot of swing and a misses on his changeup and didn’t have a lot of hard contact. There was only one hard hit ball which was a 1st inning leadoff ground rule double hit by Phil Ervin.
There was a lot of soft contact for base hits off of Price. It is difficult to image that Price could make a major league start next week in Chicago for the Boston Red Sox, considering that he had trouble getting though the 3.2 innings against AAA hitters.
Price struggled with his command all night, especially with his fastball. That tells me that Price will need Tommy John. He needs to lose fastball velocity to gain control. That’s what Price was doing during the 2016 season.
Following Price’s outing, he wrapped up his arm and was told to go to the weight room outside of the Paw Sox clubhouse by the Paw Sox PR staff to talk to the media. He said “I’m going this way” and went out the door. No members of the media were able to ask him any questions.
Following the game, Manager Kevin Boles said this about the David Price outing:
“Price said that he felt good after his outing. Obviously he burned through his pitch count. The command is not what he was looking for, I think if you asked him that. But overall, he said he felt good. I thought the stuff was actually pretty good, it was just the command and the location which is to be expected when he is coming off injury.”
When comparing Price’s outing to his last rehab start in Buffalo, manager Boles said:
“Same type of deal. We saw some pitches that were elevated. He wasn’t able to finish and kill counts. I thought he worked ahead in the count a few times but he wasn’t able to finish hitters off and they were able to extend AB a little bit and run up that pitch count, but the way the ball is coming out of the hand looks pretty good, but I think that the command needs to get a little bit better and it will get there. Boston is going to make those final decisions as far as where he’s at. If you talk to David, he’s pretty upbeat as far as far as how he’s feeling physically, and that’s what we are taking from this.”
Manager Kevin Boles was positive about Price’s outing because he has been able to get off the mound feeling good about himself. With Price leaving the game early without talking to the media, it’s difficult to tell if Price feels the same way, but the organization is very positive with how Price is coming along in his rehab outing.