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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.

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Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton 'will be down for a bit' with calf injury

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton 'will be down for a bit' with calf injury

Wednesday was another tough day on the injury front for the New York Yankees.

Manager Aaron Boone revealed slugger Giancarlo Stanton "will be down for a bit" due to a Grade 1 right calf strain. The news comes one day after it was announced right-hander Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2020 campaign.

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Injuries have been par for the course with Stanton ever since he first donned Yankee pinstripes in 2018. The former National League MVP has played in only 176 of 324 regular-season games with New York due to bicep, shoulder, and knee ailments.

The Yankees still boast a well-rounded roster that can survive Stanton's absence for a while, but his presence in the middle of the lineup is key to their success. If the 30-year-old indeed misses time, it could be Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, or Mike Tauchman taking his spot in the lineup.

New York's 2020 season begins March 26 vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB Rumors: Red Sox unlikely to 'buy' prospects from Padres in a Wil Myers deal

MLB Rumors: Red Sox unlikely to 'buy' prospects from Padres in a Wil Myers deal

The Boston Red Sox are looking to replenish their farm system, and the San Diego Padres have the talented prospects to make a deal worth their while.

With the Padres looking to ship Wil Myers and part of the $61 million remaining on his contract, the Red Sox would appear to be the perfect fit, especially after clearing some space on their payroll by sending David Price and Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston had flirted with San Diego about a similar deal involving Betts, but the Sox instead went with L.A.'s offer.

Since then, the two sides reportedly have discussed a trade that would send Myers and half of his salary to Boston in exchange for a package of prospects that may include pitcher Cal Quantrill.

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Although such a deal makes sense on paper, it's "unlikely" to happen, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.

Speier writes:

However, while the concept is interesting for a Red Sox organization intent on replenishing its upper levels and young big league talent, two major leagues sources characterized any such trade as unlikely. One of those sources characterized the idea mostly as “tire kicking” by the Red Sox rather than a deal with real legs.

The Padres, after all, are trying to improve their chances of contention rather than simply shed payroll. Their goal in pursuing Betts wasn’t to shed Myers’s salary but to add an elite talent. As such, they have little motivation to give up prospects and/or potential big league contributors for the sake of moving Myers unless they could reallocate his salary to acquire another player (likely via trade) such as Francisco Lindor.

As much as the Padres would love to rid themselves of most of Myers' bloated contract, trading him and a package of top prospects for cash doesn't make a whole lot of sense. As Speier notes, that changes if a player of Betts or Lindor's caliber is thrown in the mix. But since that isn't the case, there doesn't seem to be much of a benefit for an up-and-coming San Diego club.

There's still a chance the deal's framework could change -- potentially with a third team involved -- but as of now, a straight-up deal to "buy" Padres prospects probably isn't on the table.