Line drive to chest won’t keep David Price from Friday start

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David Price exited Sunday’s start against the Red Sox after just four innings when he was hit in the chest by a line drive, sending him to the hospital and leaving the left-hander with an imprint of the baseball on his skin.

Three days later the bruising is almost gone and Price feels good enough to make his scheduled Friday start versus the Blue Jays, telling Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times: “It was just more scary than anything else, I’m sure. I’m all good now.”

Price taking his turn in the rotation Friday also lines him up to pitch the Rays’ season finale next Wednesday against the Yankees, with Tampa Bay perhaps needing a win to get into the playoffs or at least force a one-game playoff with Boston.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.