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Red Sox notes: David Price to pitch Friday; Alex Cora's dinner with Dustin Pedroia set

Rob Bradford
September 04, 2018 - 7:14 pm

ATLANTA -- David Price has his next start date. Chris Sale's schedule is still in a state of flux.

Prior to Tuesday night's game against the Braves Alex Cora said that Price, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 29 due to a left wrist contusion, will get the start Friday night against the Astros at Fenway Park.

Sale is also slated to get a start at some point during the Red Sox' three-series homestand, although the exact game has yet to be determined. The lefty is scheduled to throw a bullpen session at Fenway Saturday with the plan to have him served as an "Opener" to help ease his way back into the rotation. He has pitched just once since July 27 due to left shoulder inflammation.

Hector Velazquez will get the start in the series finale against the Braves, while Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello will follow Price to start the final two games of the Houston series. Nathan Eovaldi won't start again until Tuesday.

- With Dustin Pedroia in line to have his injured right knee examined by the Red Sox in Boston Friday, Cora said he will have dinner with his second baseman Thursday night.

Cora said Pedroia has been sending him videos showing the infielder executing agility drills along, while also fielding and hitting.

"He looks good," the Red Sox manager said.

- While Rafael Devers figures to get the start at third base Wednesday afternoon, it certainly seems Cora has no plans to draw back too much on Eduardo Nunez's playing time.

"I think Eduardo has swung the bat well," Cora said. "He is the guy that everybody saw here last year, the way he’s impacting the ball, and he’s been solid at third base. We’ve been very good about keeping guys fresh, moving guys around. Right now, we’re very comfortable with the rotation we have. Obviously, we know the potential of Raffy, but he has to come here and, like I said, play good baseball. He’s been swinging the bat better. He made some adjustments as far as loading, his back leg, he’s actually hitting the ball the other way, which is good. He isn’t chasing many pitches lately. We’ll see tomorrow. He’ll be out there and play third. It’s hard to judge players on one game. But we’ve been playing good baseball. We played good baseball with him, too, don’t get me wrong. But Eduardo deserves the at-bats. Let’s be honest – he’s done great the last few weeks."

Coming into Tuesday night, Nunez was hitting .304 with an .878 OPS over his last 12 games.