David Price

#24 SP / Boston Red Sox / EXP: 10YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 215 lb Age: 32 College: Vanderbilt Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Red Sox's David Price: Squelches rally Saturday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Price walked a batter and struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Astros. Lost amid the celebration of Boston's division-clinching win Saturday was Price pitching for a second straight day, one final hurdle cleared in his recovery from a recent elbow injury. The left-hander shut down Houston's seventh-inning rally, punctuating it with a three-pitch strikeout of George Springer as the go-ahead run at the plate. Price has thrown four innings over the past three days and looks like an important high-leverage reliever entering the postseason.

    • Price was available to pitch Thursday after appearing in Wednesday's game, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. Until now, Price had been on a restricted schedule, but manager John Farrell said "he's got no restrictions." That means Price can throw on back-to-back days if needed, or enter the middle of an inning, or with runners on. His conversion to the bullpen is complete.

    • Price, who threw 40 pitches and 2.2 innings Friday, is not expected to pitch again until Tuesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Manager John Farrell said, as a general rule, Price will get a day off for every inning he logs, so Tuesday is the earliest he'd appear in a game under that schedule. Farrell added that's just the rule of the moment and things could evolve over the next few weeks. The manager is reticent to use Price on consecutive days but wouldn't rule it out, although that probably wouldn't happen before the end of the season.

    • Price (6-3) gave up three hits and a walk while striking out four over 2.2 scoreless innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds. Price entered the game after manager John Farrell pulled starter Rick Porcello after four innings with Boston leading, gifting a win opportunity to the left-handed starter-turned-reliever. It felt like Farrell was experimenting with Price, giving us a glimpse at how he might be able to change the math of an individual game in the postseason. Price's ability to go long gives Farrell another tool and lessens the burden on back-end starters as well as the back-end relievers, like Addison Reed or Craig Kimbrel, who will not have to enter games earlier than normal.

    • Manager John Farrell said Price could serve as Boston's closer Wednesday against the Orioles, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports. With Craig Kimbrel and Addison Reed both unavailable due to heavy workloads recently, Farrell suggested Price could be next in line to get the ball in the ninth should a save situation present itself. The southpaw made his first relief appearance since 2010 over the weekend, striking out two batters in a pair of scoreless innings against the Rays. Despite Wednesday's possible save opportunity, Price is still expected to close out the season as an important multi-inning reliever for the Red Sox, with Craig Kimbrel holding down the ninth inning.

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