Price will make his next start Tuesday versus the White Sox, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Price initially lined up to start Monday's series opener but the Red Sox will instead elect to give him an extra day of rest. The veteran left-hander was pulled after 73 pitches despite allowing only one run over five innings during his start last Tuesday, but the team has said he isn't injured and is just playing it safe heading into the All-Star break. Price has a 3.39 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 73:15 K:BB through 66.1 innings this season.
Price's removal of Tuesday's start after 73 pitches and five innings was not due to injury, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Price pitched well in what turned out to be a 17-inning game, so questions were naturally raised. Manager Alex Cora said the early hook was "kind of" planned with the invention of preserving the left-hander's longevity and availability over the course of the season. "We're going to take advantage of the next 10, 12 days with the off days and all of that," Cora said. "With him going off the IL and the short starts and all that stuff, we have to make sure he's OK. He's OK, actually. It's one of those that we felt that today was one those we were short, all out and move on."
Price didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's marathon extra-innings loss to the Twins, allowing one run on four hits over five innings while striking out two. The southpaw got lifted after only 73 pitches (49 strikes), a decision that looked worse and worse as the 17-inning affair dragged on and the Red Sox were forced to go deeper into their bullpen. Price will take a 3.39 ERA and 73:15 K:BB through 66.1 innings into his next start Monday, at home against the White Sox.
Price lasted just 1.1 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Thursday, giving up six earned runs on five hits, striking out two and walking one before the Red Sox eventually pulled out a 7-6 victory. Price couldn't extend his run of three straight quality starts, as the Rangers struck for four earned runs in the first inning and two more in the second, chasing the veteran from the contest after he recorded just four outs and tossed 49 pitches. It was forgettable start, but Price's numbers still look good overall so far in his age-33 season, as he's sporting a 3.52 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a 71:15 K:BB over 61.1 innings.
Price (4-2) allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out 10 over six innings to earn the win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Tampa Bay. Price salvaged the day after Boston was put down easily in the afternoon game. It was the second straight weekend in which Price has been a stopper. Six days after halting the team's four-game losing streak with a win at Yankee Stadium, the left-hander stopped Boston's two-game skid Saturday. Despite typical ace Chris Sale finding his form in recent weeks, Price has emerged as the staff ace early on, sporting a 1.88 ERA over his last nine starts. Price next takes the mound Thursday at home against the Rangers, a team that surprisingly leads Boston in the wild-card playoff race.