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David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

The question has been answered. David Price will start the Boston Red Sox' Sunday night clash with the New York Yankees.

The Sox activated Price from paternity leave on Sunday. He had been placed there on Friday in a procedural move that allowed the team to carry extra bench depth in the lead-up to their doubleheader against the Yankees.

Price will try to put an end to the Red Sox' seven-game losing streak. However, he has struggled in his three most recent starts, posting an 0-2 record and logging an 8.16 ERA and allowing five homers. So, it may be a tough task, especially given his past troubles with the Sox pitching in Yankee Stadium.

In addition to Price's activation, the team made some other smaller roster moves. They are calling up righthanded pitcher Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.25) from Triple-A Pawtucket. He will provide depth in a bullpen that has been taxed quite a bit during the team's losing streak.

To make room for these Price and Weber, the Red Sox had to send down three players, as they had an extra player on their roster for Saturday's doubleheader. They ended up being pitchers Josh Smith and Colten Brewer, and infielder Marco Hernandez.

Of that group, the 26-year-old Brewer has spent the most time on the roster, appearing in 48 games and logging a 4.31 ERA. He pitched in both doubleheader games, so perhaps the team is just looking to get him some rest in the coming days.

Smith pitched four-innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday and has pitched in 11 games with the Sox this year posting a 4.84 ERA. He also logged one of the season's most unlikely saves earlier in the year.

Hernandez has been hitting well at the major-league level, .333 to be exact, but the Red Sox opted to keep the righthanded Sam Travis on the roster over him. Travis gives them a better platoon split option, as he and Michael Chavis can play more against lefthanded pitchers while Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland can get time against righthanded pitchers.

Still, the big news coming out of these moves is the activation of Price. If he can't get the Red Sox back on track Sunday night, the season may continue to slip away.

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Report: MLB doesn't want notes from Red Sox investigation used in court

Report: MLB doesn't want notes from Red Sox investigation used in court

As we await Major League Baseball's report on the Red Sox alleged sign-stealing from their 2018 championship season, MLB revealed in court documents that it does not want the notes from its interviews with Red Sox - and Houston Astros - personnel used in a current trial involving those allegations.

Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that MLB investigator Bryan Seeley argued in a court filing this week that future investigations could be jeopardized if the league reveals details of those interviews. MLB is being sued by daily fantasy game contestants who argue that the Red Sox' and Astros' schemes corrupted the games.

A decision on the case is expected by April 15. MLB has already disciplined the Astros and it led to the firing of their manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. The Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora for what ownership said was his role in the Astros transgressions.  

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred gave Astros players who cooperated MLB investigators immunity from his discipline. It's uncertain if the same holds true for Red Sox players. Manfred said last week a report on the Red Sox allegations - delayed by the coronavirus outbreak - would be released before the now-delayed baseball season begins. 


Red Sox' Jhonny Pereda among players worried about salary during pandemic

Red Sox' Jhonny Pereda among players worried about salary during pandemic

The Boston Red Sox traded for Chicago Cubs catcher Jhonny Pereda last week in a surprising move for a minor league catcher who was awaiting clarity on his salary amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Pereda, a 23-year-old from Venezuela, relies on his minor league salary to help take care of his family back home and, like many, he's worried about getting paid.

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"I was just hoping and looking forward to the beginning of the season and to start making money," Pereda told ESPN's Joon Lee, through a translator. "I have to give support to my family. When I found out that the season was over, my first thought was, 'What am I going to do?'"

Minor league players don't get paid nearly as much as players in the majors, and Pereda noted that many Latin American athletes come to the United States to be able to provide for their families. 

"Coming from a third-world country where everything is very hard and tough, with the entire situation, I just wish that MLB and other people can help the minor leaguers [more] than they are doing right now because we need that money to live and provide for our families," Pereda said. "I think I can speak for all the Latin-American players, coming from there to the States, when we arrive to this country, it is because we are going to work and we are trying to make money to provide for our families.

"Of course, being in the big leagues, you have all of the attention of the fans and people sometimes don't realize how hard the struggle we have to go through. Only the players know how hard it is to get there because being in the business, you have to go to the minors first."

While Pereda and the minor leaguers are worried about what the future holds, MLB announced Tuesday they would be assisting minor league players throughout the pandemic. Each player will receive $400 per week with medical benefits, according to Ken Rosenthal.

While $400 per week isn't much to buy groceries, pay bills and help out their families, it's a start. In fact, some lower minor league players don't make that much money while veterans in the minors will see a pay reduction. 

For all pro athletes and their fans, and more importantly, everyone's overall health, we can only hope the crisis subsides and sports return as soon as possible.