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David Price faces hitters, but role remains up in air

Rob Bradford
September 09, 2017 - 5:09 pm

The idea of David Price actually getting a chance to start a major league game before the end of the regular season is still in play.

The Red Sox pitcher faced hitters for the first time since going on the 10-day disabled list July 28, throwing all his offerings in a 32-pitch session at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon.

"All four pitches with good intensity," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "And actually kind of felt from just a repetition and a rhythm standpoint, better the second inning. Today was a productive day."

As for a plan for Price going forward, the starter will now throw a simulated game Wednesday or Thursday, and if that goes well then the Red Sox plan on implementing some game action.

The Red Sox last regular season game is three weeks from Sunday, seemingly giving Price enough time to entertain a possible return to the starting rotation. If the simulated game goes well, the lefty would have three more chances at game situations if he remains on the every fifth day schedule.

"I think after the next sim game setting like this, we’ll have a chance to sit down and talk with him, what’s the best path as far as what the role could be," Farrell said. "We’re not at that point yet."