July 21, 2018
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Red Sox place lefty Price on disabled list

Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Boston's David Price pitches during a July 16 game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston. The left-hander on Friday was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow ailment. Bob DeChiara | USA TODAY Sports
By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is headed back to the disabled list and will miss his scheduled start Friday night against the Kansas City Royals due to a recurrence of his elbow ailment.

The team announced Friday that Price was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) with left elbow inflammation.

The Red Sox said right-hander Rick Porcello will start the series opener against the Royals, with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez starting on Saturday and left-hander Drew Pomeranz on Sunday.

Price, 31, underwent an MRI on his pitching elbow Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. The issue is reportedly similar to the injury that sidelined Price for the first two months of the season.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski expects Price to pitch again this season.

“I don’t really know when that will be,” Dombrowski told reporters Friday.

Dombrowski said he doesn’t expect to make a trade for a starting pitcher before Monday’s trade deadline and for now, Doug Fister will replace Price in the rotation.

“We feel comfortable with Doug Fister moving into rotation,” Dombrowski said. “We’re not going to go out and make a big trade for a starting pitcher.”

In March, Price was diagnosed with a strain of flexor mass muscle in the forearm near his elbow.

Since his return to the mound on May 29, Price is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 63 strikeouts against 22 walks over 66 innings in 11 starts.

Price has sparred with the media this season, including a much-publicized incident in which he lashed out at Hall of Fame pitcher and current TV analyst Dennis Eckersley on the team plane June 29.

Price mocked Eckersley and cursed at him multiple times during the confrontation, the Boston Globe reported in a Sunday story that provided previously unreported details about the altercation.

On Thursday, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said he apologized to Eckersley shortly after the incident.

“I can certainly give you my reaction and be crystal clear on the matter. Dennis Eckersley was owed an apology after what happened, clearly,” Kennedy said in a radio interview with WEEI, the flagship station for the Red Sox. “Let me be clear, he received one less than 12 hours after the incident happened. He received one from me. I woke him up in his hotel room in Toronto.

“John Farrell and Dave Dombrowski were aware of that, we had conversations about that. I followed up with Dennis, and those guys did exactly what they were supposed to do, which was follow up with David Price, given it was a clubhouse matter and they handled that in private as they should. It was a regrettable and unfortunate incident.

“As an organization, you mentioned it happened a month ago, we’ve done our best to try and move on from it. Beefs between professional athletes and the media are as old as the game itself. It’s unfortunate and regrettable when they get out in the public domain, but they do happen from time to time.”

The Red Sox hold a half-game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East as they return to Fenway Park to start the three-game series against the Royals.

To fill Price’s spot on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Scott, 27, has made four scoreless relief appearances for Pawtucket since being optioned on July 17, striking out four and allowing just one hit in 4 2/3 innings. He made his first career Opening Day roster in 2017 and has a 1-1 record with a 3.75 ERA over 24 innings in 38 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season.

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