It doesn’t sound like Red Sox fans should expect David Price to return this week.
Boston went without the southpaw for much of August due to a wrist issue, and he was scratched from his start against the New York Yankees on Sept. 6 due to wrist tightness. Before Tuesday’s opening game with the Blue Jays, manager Alex Cora addressed the media in Toronto at Rogers Centre and offered a not-so-encouraging update on Price.
“David is here, he’s throwing,” he said. “It won’t be here, it won’t be in Philly (against the Phillies). Most likely next week if everything goes well this week.”
After the conclusion of the Phillies and Blue Jays series, Boston welcomes the San Francisco Giants to Fenway Park on Sept. 17. There’s no word whether Price will be available for that series, but with the Sox nine games back of the second wild-card spot and Chris Sale likely on the shelf for the remainder of the season, the team needs all the reinforcement it can get.
See Cora’s full pregame press conference below:
Price, who much like the Boston starters this season, has struggled to really find a groove and is 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts in 2019.