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Price on track to face hitters Saturday

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BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had an encouraging update on David Price, reporting that the lefty should throw to hitters on Saturday at Fenway Park, marking the first time he has done so since suffering a left elbow strain on Feb. 28.

The news came a day after Price threw 45 pitches in 15-pitch spurts, taking breaks in between to simulate innings.

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had an encouraging update on David Price, reporting that the lefty should throw to hitters on Saturday at Fenway Park, marking the first time he has done so since suffering a left elbow strain on Feb. 28.

The news came a day after Price threw 45 pitches in 15-pitch spurts, taking breaks in between to simulate innings.

"He'll throw a bullpen [session] tomorrow -- a light one," said Farrell. "Basically he's on a five-day turn right now. Yesterday was a strong day for him. He came out of it feeling good today. [Wednesday] is a typical, light bullpen [session] as it would be for a normal start. And then we're looking at him facing some live hitters on Saturday here."

Could Price go on a Minor League rehab assignment by late next week?

"I don't know what the calendar is going to [show] as far as when he gets out and gets facing hitters in a game situation," said Farrell. "The way it's unfolded week to week is the best way for us to approach this, and we're not looking past Saturday."

Meanwhile, instead of holding his customary session with the media on Tuesday, Price took a different approach, going to Twitter.

Tweet from @DAVIDprice24: Threw 45 pitches (all 4 pitches) in pen yesterday. Up and down 3 times with 8 minutes in between each 15 pitches session. Felt great after

Tweet from @DAVIDprice24: Feel great today. This is my media session. All questions are answered if you have anymore ask manager John

Farrell didn't read much into Price posting his comments rather than saying them directly to reporters.

"He had his reasons for it. I can tell you this, my conversations with him today were no different than previous days," Farrell said. "[We] communicated directly. Whether it was in person or electronically, those were his thoughts. Most importantly is the way he's feeling and the progression he's making, moving past the heavy volume and greater intensity week of two weeks ago. He's on a good track right now."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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