Earlier today, we mentioned that David Price was coming off an encouraging throwing session and that the Red Sox, John Farrell and Price were ready to come up with the plan for the lefty the rest of the way. Apparently, they’ve made a decision. We don’t know the specifics yet, but Price is back on the active roster.
David Price is active, removed from the disabled list.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 14, 2017
Now, we should mention that this doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot in the month of September. He is on the 40-man roster as it is, so this is basically just them saying he won’t be out for the rest of the year. As long as he’s going to pitch again, his presence on the active roster won’t be blocking anyone else from playing time. That being said, there has to be some reason that the Red Sox are doing this. My best guess is still that he’ll be coming out of the bullpen. To be absolutely clear, there still hasn’t been an announcement on the plan just yet. We’ll keep this story updated when more information comes out from the organization.
UPDATE: The Red Sox will indeed use Price in a relief role. It’s unclear when he’ll make his first appearance, but you can expect him to be eased into the role. Don’t expect to see him in any high-leverage situations any time soon, though I would think they’ll try to bring him into more important situations with men in base later in the month before the playoffs begin. That is, of course, assuming things go well at first.