Red Sox rotation surprise: David Price (illness) will open season as 5th starter, with Sale-Eovaldi-Rodriguez going 1-2-3

John Tomase
March 26, 2019 - 3:25 pm

If you were betting on the season-opening Red Sox rotation, you probably wouldn't have settled on this permutation.

Manager Alex Cora told reporters in Arizona on Tuesday that Chris Sale will get Thursday's opening day start in Seattle, which we already knew. The rest of the rotation shook out in surprising fashion, thanks to illness.

Right-hander and postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi will start the second game, followed by Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday. Former Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello will take the hill for the series finale in Seattle on Sunday.

Left-hander David Price, who has battled illness late in camp, will be pushed back to the fifth game of the season and open a new series in Oakland, but will be available for relief duty the first two games of the year.

Price will throw three to four innings in Tuesday's spring training finale vs. the Cubs.

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