Red Sox pitcher to make season debut Memorial Day

Price, who is 31, was 17-9 with an ERA of 3.99 last season with Boston and was the American League leader in starts with 35 and in innings pitched with 230, during his second season of a 7-year $217 million contract with Boston.

Price lasted just 3.2 innings in his final tune-up start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday night.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price smiles as he looks out from the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Price is rejoining the team after a rehab start in Pawtucket, R.I.

Price didn't talk to the media after the game, but Pawtucket's manager said he was "upbeat" and "felt good". An infield error added to Price's problems and allowed four runs (two earned) in the first on 28 pitches. The Providence Journal's Tim Britton reports that the lefty will make his 2017 debut as he will face the Chicago White Sox. He walked a batter and struck out four, while needing 89 pitches (61 strikes) to record 11 outs.

While there weren't many positive takeaways from Wednesday's performance, the Red Sox surely will be happy that Price appears to have his normal velocity. When Price returned from Indianapolis, he said both Andrews and ElAttrache told him surgery would've been necessary if he was younger.

Farrell said the Red Sox initially will impose "a little tighter rein" on Price's workload to ease him back to the mound. "His return to us will give us a definite boost but that's not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform". "Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation".

  • Julie Sanders