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.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.