BOSTON -- The Red Sox might have their elite reliever if they can make it deep into October.
David Price was activated from the disabled list on Thursday and is going to be a multi-inning reliever the rest of the season, including the playoffs, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Price is to be available on Sunday or Monday at the earliest, and is to be used only at the start of innings.
Keeping Price in a relief role into the playoffs, theoretically, could alleviate some of the pressure attached to his difficulty in postseason starts. But be it as a reliever or starter, he'll be expected to dominate because of his contract and stature.
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David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.
The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.
Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.
"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."
The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.