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Source: Illness-riddled Red Sox to recall Hernandez from Pawtucket

Source: Illness-riddled Red Sox to recall Hernandez from Pawtucket

BOSTON -- Infielder Marco Hernandez will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to help the flu-ridden Red Sox, baseball sources have told


Hernandez will not be the corresponding move for Matt Barnes' placement on the bereavement list for a three-day absence, as Noe Ramirez has been recalled. It will be a roster move with players like Brock Holt and Mookie Betts sick with flu-like symptoms. 

The Red Sox played with a short bench in a 12-inning, 3-0 win over the Pirates on Thursday. They've been carrying an extra reliever to start the season with their expected fifth starter, Drew Pomeranz, on the disabled list, so they theoretically could add another position player in place of Barnes.

The fact that the team may well be rained out on Thursday could help the bullpen recover in time for the start of a series in Detroit on Friday.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

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.