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Red Sox notes: David Price may miss next start; Dustin Pedroia returning to Boston

Rob Bradford
August 30, 2018 - 9:23 pm

CHICAGO -- It wasn't a good sign that David Price couldn't be found in the visitors' clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field Thursday. This was a pitcher, after all, that was driven from his start the night before after being hit by a 106 mph line-drive off the left wrist.

As it turned out, the development wasn't all that bad.

Price stayed behind in Boston to be examined by a hand specialist Thursday, with the findings proving favorable for the pitcher. He was scheduled to rejoin his teammates Thursday night.

"Everything I heard, everything is fine," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora prior to his team's game against the White Sox.

But even with the news that there aren't any major concerns involving Price, Cora suggested that the starter might not be making his next scheduled start, which would be Monday in Atlanta. The reasoning may partially due to the need for the pitcher to hit in the interleague matchup.

"It makes sense but at the same time, if he feels ready to pitch and he can convince me, we'll let him go," said Cora when asked if the Red Sox were inclined to wait until they return home before pitching Price again. "We trust him. The difference between yesterday and the first two, right away when I went to him down in the cage I was 'Hey man let's go take some pictures' and he went right away. Earlier in the season, he told me 'I'm fine, I'm fine. I'll go out there.' I'm like 'OK you go.' he understands. He texted me last night, in good spirits, he's on his way here, he'll be OK."

- Cora finally offered a timetable for Dustin Pedroia ... sort of.

For the first time since the second baseman left to rehab his injured knee in Arizona at the beginning of July, a date has been designated for his next step back. The Red Sox manager explained that Pedroia will be flying back to Boston Sept. 5, with the plan to be checked out by the Red Sox two days later.

- Mitch Moreland was out of the Red Sox' starting lineup in the series opener due to his bruised left knee. Brock Holt got the start at first base.

"Mitch is doing well," Cora said. "He's doing better, like I said, a little bit sore. I feel like giving him more than one day, two days, maybe three is going to benefit. He's available but hopefully we stay away from him. We've been playing him a lot. Although lately he's been swinging the bat better, hitting the ball solid which is great but keeping him off his feet is going to benefit him and obviously, it's going to benefit us.”

- Cora had some high praise for the man who would have turned 100 years old Thursday, Ted Williams.

"Best hitter of all-time," he said. "If you take a look at what hitters do now, the way they talk, you know the way he talked about hitting he would probably be a successful hitter right now, regardless of the stuff these guys are throwing. There are certain hitters from the past that I feel like they have no chance hitting at this level because of the stuff. But with him, he might not hit .400 but he would have a 1.000 OPS. One thing for sure, I remember that All-Star Game at Fenway and out of all the All-Star Games I’ve seen that was the greatest one because, for all the great players in that All-Star Game, they were real All-Stars. For them to be in awe with him coming in the golf cart and being around and just to talk to him, that’s what he means. Not only for this organization but for baseball."

- After the team dressed in back-to-school attire on the trip to Chicago, Cora revealed the theme for the next leg of the road trip -- NFL and college football jerseys.

"It’s going to be an Ed Reed, Miami appearance," the manager said.

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