Left-hander David Price will start for the Red Sox on Monday against the White Sox, manager John Farrell told reporters Thursday. Price has missed the entire season to this point due to an elbow injury.
Boston accelerated Price’s rehab process after losing righty Steven Wright to a season-ending knee injury earlier in the month, using fill-in options Hector Velazquez and Kyle Kendrick in his place. Price will re-join rotation mates Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz, giving Boston four lefties in their five-man mix and giving fans their first taste of the three-headed monster of Sale, Porcello and Price.
Price has struggled in two rehab appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six earned runs in 5.2 innings and refusing to talk to the media after both outings. Regardless, it appears that BoSox management found his stuff to be good enough to allow him to make his major-league debut in Chicago next week.
Price, 31, pitched to a 3.99 ERA and 8.9 K/9 in 35 starts during his first season in Boston in 2016 after signing a seven-year, $217 million deal the previous winter.