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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

John Farrell may use David Price as temporary closer

David Price

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.

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.

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