After David Price spent his morning in Toronto playing long toss in the Rogers Centre outfield, Red Sox manager John Farrell admitted that Price has experienced soreness in his recovery from an elbow strain.

When a pitcher hasn’t thrown for more than a month, then throws a couple intense bullpen sessions, soreness is probably to be expected.

But the acceleration, then deceleration, of Price’s progression and Farrell’s differing comments on how his arm has felt during it, indicates this hasn’t been a simple recovery thus far.

While it seemed like Price was speeding up last week, when he threw his third bullpen session and the Red Sox were planning to test him against live hitters shortly afterward, the Red Sox quickly changed directions when they got to Toronto on Tuesday.

Instead of throwing on the mound against live hitters, Price restarted his long toss program, first from 90 feet, then gradually farther as the week progressed.