Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are keeping that trade machine whizzing:
They had a hole at first base and Will Middlebrooks had nowhere to play in Boston, so this makes total sense. Meanwhile, the Red Sox get a catcher in Hanigan who can back up/split time with Christian Vazquez.
Hanigan, a good defensive catcher, hit .218/.318/.324 for the Rays last year. His time in San Diego lasted all of two days, coming over in that 11-player trade with the Nationals and Rays. Middlebrooks hit a dreadful .191/.256/.265 but has shown much better in the past. In San Diego, he will join a lineup that is already heavily right-handed.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.