David Price has likely been the Red Sox most dominant pitcher since the all-star break, and is 14-6 with a 3.60 ERA on the season. He was hit by a line drive in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins, and left the game in the third inning. Price stayed behind in Boston in order to visit a hand specialist, while the Sox traveled to Chicago for their series against the White Sox.
At this point Price is back with the team in Chicago, but whether he makes his next start is still to be determined. The injury was originally labeled as a wrist contusion, and the Red Sox said Thursday that tests had not revealed any serious issues. Alex Cora is currently unsure whether Price will be pitching in his next scheduled start Monday.
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The Red Sox have a decent cushion in the AL East and sit 7.5 games above the Yankees, but surely want Price back in the rotation soon. Chris Sale is still on the DL with shoulder inflammation, so the Sox currently have injury concerns with their two best pitchers.
The division lead gives them the option to be a little more cautious with their aces, as they can make do for a bit without losing too much ground. However, having Price and Sale return to the rotation sooner than later is instrumental in ensuring the division is won with ease. They will also be heavily relied on once the playoffs begin if the Sox want to compete for the championship.
Hopefully both Sale and Price will return to the rotation in full health soon.