Despite rough outing Price felt "great" in rehab start in Buffalo

Posted at 11:34 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 23:34:51-04

David Price was supposed to throw between 80-95 pitches in his second rehab start with Pawtucket.

He lasted two innings and labored through 65 pitches while surrendering a home run and bases loaded two-run single to Buffalo.

Despite the short outing, the lefty says he felt healthy in his first real action of the season.

Price, who is working back from an elbow injury that has had him sidelined since early April, was locked in a 15 pitch battle with Jake Elmore to open the game.

Elmore eventually reached base, legging out a double to open the game.

"Never had that I don't think in any level my entire life," the lefty said of the at-bat battle with Elmore.  "That was a really good at bat."

The lefty battled back, striking out the next three batters he faced to avoid any damage.

But, the Herd’s bats continued to make noise in the second.

Raffy Lopez smoked a solo home run on the second pitch of the inning to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead.

After Christian Lopes flied out to center, Ian Parmley and Jonathan Diaz reached base after back-to-back singles.

Following a walk to Roemen Fields, Elmore struck again,this time with an RBI knock to right plating Parmley and Diaz.

Price would get Rowdy Tellez to pop out to short and struck out Jason Leblebijian to end the inning.

"To be able to go out there and throw 30-plus pitches in both innings and feel the way I felt in the second inning, it's great," he said.

The 31-year-old initial start on Sunday was rained out and he threw 75-pitches in a simulated game the same day.

If Price's outing on Friday went well, there was chance he'd be able to rejoin the big club early next week.

"You have to take this process right here one day at a time," Price said as he waits to see how his elbow feels Saturday.  "When you're feeling the way I feel right now, I don't expect anything to flare up or bother me the next four or five days.  Feeling the way I feel right now, you don't feel this way if you're hurt."

When asked if he's pushing himself to rejoin his teammates in Boston, Price said "it's been tough" not being in the dugout adding "that's not easy."

Pawtucket rallied from it's early 3-0 hole and scored the tying run in the top of the 9th inning to send the game into extra innings.