Red Sox left-hander David Price told Peter Gammons that while this season has been his "most trying", he says winning could change all that.
"This has been the most trying year of my career,” Price told the Hall of Fame baseball writer in a profile on TheAthletic.com
Price, 32, looks back at this season, including his comeback from injury and his run-in with Dennis Eckersley, and talks about what it takes to be a good teammate.
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Price knows “public perception is going to depend on winning. I have to pitch well and help the Red Sox win, anyway I can. If we win, I’ll be the happiest I’ve ever been in baseball.”
“The numbers are what they are,” Price says. “I want the fans to like me because I win. I get that. But I want to pitch well for the guys in the clubhouse. I learned at Vanderbilt that baseball is about the relationships that go into winning, which is the goal we all work together to achieve.”
If winning is going to happen for Price in this postseason, where he's 0-8 in his career as a starter, it will be a reliever for Boston. He's unscored upon out of the bullpen in his first three outings, covering six innings, since coming off the disabled list, including a 1 1/3-inning hitless stint Wednesday night in a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.
Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.
Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.
Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.
The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.
Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.
"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."
Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.
“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”