David Price sent for tests on sore left elbow and forearm
Price, who had been scheduled to make his first spring training start this weekend, had an MRI on Wednesday and is expected to seek second opinions from Drs. James Andrews and Neil ElAttrache.
Manager John Farrell said Price threw 38 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday and felt no discomfort. He first noticed the soreness Wednesday.
"He's gone through some soreness in the forearm/elbow area in previous spring trainings but this one has got a little bit more intensity to it," Farrell said.
The loss of Price for a significant amount of time could be a setback for the Red Sox. The team was counting on Price, along with reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and lefty Chris Sale, acquired in a December trade with the White Sox for four top prospects, to lead the team this season.
Price went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in a major league-leading 35 starts last season, his first after signing a $210 million, seven-year contract with the Red Sox.
AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES
METS 11, MARLINS 6
Yoenis Cespedes hit first home run of spring training, clearing the batter's eye dozens of feet high behind the 410-foot fence in center field. Neil Walker added a two-run homer and starter Robert Gsellman struck out two in two scoreless innings. Phillip Evans hit a grand slam in a five-run fourth.
Marlins starter Adam Conley pitched two scoreless innings and Dan Straily allowed four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
CARDINALS 9, BRAVES 4
Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 amateur draft, led off the game with a solo homer and Adam Walker — who has hit 58 homers the past two seasons in the upper minors — added a two-run drive, both off Adam Wainright.
Wainwright allowed three runs and three hits over two innings.
Braves starter Bartolo Colon gave up two runs in three innings. John Danks, released by the White Sox with a 7.25 ERA after four April starts last year, gave up three earned runs and four hits in two innings.
Cardinals prospect Paul DeJong had a three-run homer and a triple, and Matt Adams went 2 for 2 with a solo homer.
RED SOX 19, RAYS 2
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Hanley Ramirez had a three-run homer and five RBIs. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez pitched two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Rays starter Jose De Leon allowed four runs, two hits and two walks, getting only two outs.
PIRATES 11, TIGERS 1
Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer hit a grand slam in a seven-run third inning, and Francisco Cervelli and Jose Osuna both homered off Justin Verlander, who gave up three runs, three hits and two walks over two innings.
Justin Upton hit a solo shot for the Tigers.
TWINS 6, ORIOLES (ss) 6, 10 innings
Jorge Polanco had a solo home run and a three-run double and starter Phil Hughes allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks over two innings.
Baltimore All-Star third baseman Manny Machado, playing shortstop while J.J. Hardy nurses a sore back, went 2 for 3 with an RBI double and starter Kevin Gausmann gave up a run in two innings. Prospect Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run homer in the ninth, prompting the extra inning.
PHILLIES 8, BLUE JAYS 8
Jose Bautista went 2 for 2 with a three-run home run and starter J.A. Happ gave up one hit in two shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola pitcheed two scoreless innings, Brock Stassi went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Freddie Galvis hit a two-run double.
NATIONALS 13, ASTROS 1
Jayson Werth went 2 for 2 and hit a three-run homer, and Anthony Rendon added a solo shot off Houston starter — and former Nats farmhand — Brad Peacock. Bryce Harper hit a two-run shot in the sixth.
Peacock allowed five runs, five hits and three in three innings. George Springer went 3 for 3 and Tyler White hit a solo homer in the ninth.
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