Red Sox

Will David Price make scheduled start Sunday after Red Sox place him on paternity leave?

Will David Price make scheduled start Sunday after Red Sox place him on paternity leave?

On Friday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox placed starting pitcher David Price on paternity leave. And that created some questions about Price's next start.

Price is set to start the final game of the Red Sox' four-game series against the New York Yankees on Sunday night. Despite being on leave, it is well within the realm of possibility that Price could be ready to pitch in that contest. He can remain on paternity leave for up to three days but doesn't have to remain there for that duration, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe pointed out on Twitter.

Given this news, it appears that Price will still be on track for Sunday's start. The Red Sox likely just placed him on the paternity list to perform some creative roster moves.

The Red Sox and Yankees are going to be playing a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, one that Price wouldn't have been a part of. With Price out, the Red Sox will reap the benefits of being able to add another player to the roster in his place for those contests. They already were standing to benefit from the 26th man they can add to the roster during the doubleheader, but by running with just four starting pitchers, that will give them the option to have a little bit of extra bench depth or another arm in the bullpen for the two contests.

And, they won't lose Price long-term since he can only be out for up to three days anyway.

To fill Price's spot on the roster, the Red Sox called up Marco Hernandez. The second baseman was hitting .339 with 2 homers in 62 at-bats with the team before being sent to Pawtucket when Mitch Moreland rejoined the team. Hernandez had been in the minors for 11 days, so he was eligible to return to the big-league roster. Once a player is sent down to the minors, they must spend at least 10 days there before the team can recall them, unless an injury occurs.

For the moment, it seems that Price will have a chance to start on Sunday night against the Yankees. The Sox are just manipulating their roster as they look to find any edge they can in the critical series against the Yankees.

TOMASE: Sox fading fast in do-or-die time>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

As the Red Sox look to fill its pitching coach opening vacated by Dana LeVangie, they appear to be looking into former Reds manager Bryan Price. 

Price replaced Dusty Baker as the Reds manager in 2014 and went 279-387 before he was fired after the start of the 2018 season. 

Before that, Price served as pitching coach for the Mariners from 2001-2006, winning the Pitching Coach of the Year award in 2001. He then joined the Diamondbacks staff at the same position until 2009 and joined as pitching coach for the Reds following the '09 season. 

Price certainly has an accomplished background as a pitching coach, even though his time as manager yielded a few rants directed at reporters and umpires. If he can help right the ship for the Red Sox pitching staff, a crew that probably deserves most of the blame for Boston's demise in 2019, then I'm sure Red Sox fans will be all for it. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Celebrate 15th anniversary of epic Red Sox-Yankees 2004 ALCS Game 7 with this highlight

Celebrate 15th anniversary of epic Red Sox-Yankees 2004 ALCS Game 7 with this highlight

Can you believe it's been 15 years since the Boston Red Sox shocked the world and pulled off the most amazing comeback in Major League Baseball history?

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of Boston's 10-3 win over the rival New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox lost 19-8 to the Yankees in Game 3 of the series at Fenway Park to fall to the brink of an embarrassing elimination. The Sox then defied the odds by winning the next four games to become the first team in MLB postseason history to win a series after trailing 0-3.

Game 7 had several memorable moments/highlights, most notably David Ortiz's two-run homer in the first inning, Johnny Damon's two home runs (including a grand slam) and Derek Lowe's excellent performance as the starting pitcher.

It all led to a huge celebration after the final out:

The Red Sox went on to win the 2004 World Series with a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, and thus breaking the "Curse of the Bambino".

The Sox have won four World Series titles since the start of the 2004 season, while the Yankees have only one championship over that span. In fact, the Yankees' Game 6 ALCS loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night marks New York's fourth consecutive ALCS series loss, which ties an MLB record. The 2010s also are the first decade since the 1910s in which the Yankees failed to reach a World Series.

5 potential landing spots for Red Sox star Mookie Betts>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.