John Farrell may use David Price as temporary closer
The Boston Red Sox are willing to trust David Price out of the bullpen in pretty big situations.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that, with Craig Kimbrel and Addison Reed unavailable due to high usage, Price could serve as the team’s closer on a fill-in basis.
David Price could close tonight Farrell said. Kimbrel and Reed are down
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 20, 2017
Recurring elbow issues have relegated Price to bullpen duty for the remainder of the season as well as the playoffs. He made his first relief appearance on Sunday, where he pitched two scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out two. Price obviously won’t be the regular closer, but Farrell’s willingness to use him in the role as needed may be an indication that Boston will not hesitate to put Price in high-leverage spots during their playoff run.