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 activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.

Mets to place Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.

Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.

Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.

With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.