Red Sox may use David Price out of the bullpen down the stretch

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Red Sox starter David Price threw a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday, one of the last hurdles before his eventual activation from the disabled list. Manager John Farrell will sit down with Price on Thursday to determine his role going forward. He said it would be “aggressive” to put him back in the rotation, MLB.com’s Ian Browne reports, so it sounds like the club is leaning towards using him out of the bullpen down the stretch.

Price, 32, hasn’t pitched since July 22 due to inflammation in his left elbow. He also started the season late, debuting on May 29 due to an elbow issue. Overall, he has made 11 starts on the season with a 3.82 ERA and a 63/22 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Price inked a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox after the 2015 season, but the last two years haven’t gone as planned for either side. Winning in the playoffs this year, however, would be a healing salve to all of that.