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Red Sox reshuffle starting rotation after officially placing David Price on disabled list

Alex Reimer
July 28, 2017 - 12:17 pm

The Red Sox have officially placed David Price on the disabled list. The team announced Friday Price is heading to the 10-day DL with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to July 25. Left-handed reliever Robby Scott has been called up to the big league club.  

Rick Porcello will take Price’s turn Friday at Fenway Park against the Royals, with Eduardo Rodriguez starting Saturday and Drew Pomernanz stepping onto the hill Sunday. Since the Red Sox were off Thursday, all three pitchers will throw on regular rest. 

Porcello, 28, is 4-13 with a 4.52 ERA this season –– a far cry from his Cy Young campaign in 2016. Scott, meanwhile, has appeared in 38 games this season and posted a 3.75 ERA. 

Earlier Friday, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy and Herald’s Michael Silverman both tweeted that Price could be heading to the DL. ESPN’s Buster Olney added that Price had an MRI on his pitching elbow Thursday. 

WEEI’s Rob Bradford confirmed all reports.

Price spent nearly the first two months of the season on the disabled list with a sore forearm and elbow strain. He didn’t take the mound until May 29, narrowly avoiding Tommy John surgery.

In 11 starts this season, Price has gone 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA. He’s struck out 8.5 batters per nine innings.

Price’s tumultuous season got worse this week when Shaughnessy outlined the details of his confrontation last month with NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley on the team plane. Sources who witnessed the incident said Price verbally berated the Hall of Fame hurler. Apparently, Price took issue with Eckersley saying “yuck” when Rodriguez’s bad minor league pitching line was displayed on the NESN telecast June 29. 

In an interview Thursday with WEEI’s OMF, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said he called Eckersley to apologize less than 12 hours after the blowup had occurred. Price and manager John Farrell, however, have not issued apologies.