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David Price placed on the disabled list with an elbow inflammation

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David Price has been placed on the disabled list with an elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to July 25. Rick Porcello will start in his place tonight with Eduardo Rodriguez starting on Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday. Lefty reliever Robby Scott has been recalled from Pawtucket to take Price’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Price was first reported by Dan Shaughnessy to have a “barking” elbow, and Buster Olney later reported that Price received an MRI yesterday. It is suspected that the elbow issues are similar to those which caused Price to start the year on the DL: a sore forearm and strained elbow. He avoided surgery for the malady at the time. It’s unclear what his prognosis is at the moment.

It has been a tough year for Price in a lot of ways. While, at times, he has pitched well, he is currently 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and a 63/22 K/BB ratio in 66 innings across 11 starts. His walk rate and hit rate is up. In his last start Price was knocked around for six runs — five earned — in five innings against the Angels.

Price has also been the subject of controversy due to multiple run-ins with the Boston media. Most recently he has taken heat after Shaughnessy reported the details of an incident Price had with Dennis Eckersley on the Sox team plane in June. That incident and his elbow are obviously separate things, but that’s not stopping the talk radio from people using the report of Price’s elbow to question his fortitude. Which is dumb, even if it is predictable given how Boston talk radio tends to go. If you want to question Price’s character, fine, but to suggest that it’s related to his health is a silly way to go about it.

Whatever you think of all of that, this is bad news for the Red Sox, who are a half game up on the Yankees in the AL East and who could use the David Price they had hoped they were getting when they signed him to a seven-year, $217 million contract before last season.

Mariners acquire Nick Rumbelow from Yankees

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The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.

The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.

Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.

Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.