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David Price to make 2017 debut on Monday

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His rehab assignment is over

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David Price is ready to make his major-league debut after just two rehab starts. According to manager John Farrell during his pregame session with the media on Tuesday, the lefty will make his season debut against the White Sox on Monday.

This is obviously huge news, as the former Cy Young was pegged to be part of an uber-talented top three in the Red Sox rotation but hasn’t been able to make a start yet this season after suffering from elbow discomfort in spring training. He’s had a long road back, but even after a lackluster effort in his last rehab start he’s been deemed ready for his return.

According to Farrell, they’ll keep Price on a shorter leash at first. This makes sense given the rust he showed off in Pawtucket. Still, given the other depth options currently making starts for this team, it’s hard not to be excited. Even if the results weren’t always great in 2016, the peripherals suggested that Price can still be every bit as good as he was early in his career.

Only time will tell if that talent is truly still there, but with the team starting to trend upwards getting Price into their rotation should only help the Red Sox continue to climb back into the divisional race.