David Price. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Everyone knows David Price has been a workhorse throughout his career. Since 2010--the ace's first of five All-Star seasons--Price has pitched between 190 and 260 regular season and playoff innings every year.
At least that was the case until last season, when the lefty was limited to 81-and-a-third innings due to elbow and forearm issues.
But, Price told NESN he was pain-free in yesterday's first spring outing when he faced minor leaguers.
"To get that first one out of the way, and in a controlled environment like that, it feels good," he said. "To be able to stand here right now and feel as good as I feel, it's different than many other spring trainings."
Price threw 39 pitches--primarily fastballs and cutters, nothing off-speed--and he fanned three while allowing four hits.
"The way my arm feels and just the rest of my body, having this laid-back spring training, I think everybody's benefited from it, just taking it nice and slow and getting ready the right way," Price said.
A year ago at this time, Price had to go to the NFL combine to meet with doctors about his elbow soreness and many feared season-ending surgery, so it's safe to say he's in a much better place right now.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports