Price returns from DL to serve as reliever for Red Sox

Brandon Wile
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The American League East-leading Boston Red Sox received a major boost to their bullpen Thursday.

Left-hander David Price was activated from the 10-day disabled list following a seven-week absence with elbow inflammation and will serve as a reliever for the remainder of the season.

"He wants to get back and pitch. He wants to compete," manager John Farrell told reporters Thursday, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

Price tossed a 48-pitch, three-inning simulated game at Fenway Park on Wednesday and came out of it in good spirits. With only three weeks left in the season, the club decided there wasn't enough time to stretch Price out to be a starter.

Farrell plans to use Price in a multi-inning role beginning Sunday or Monday. He's expected to start innings, rather than come into situations with runners already on.

The five-time All-Star broke into the majors as a reliever but hasn't pitched out of the bullpen in a regular-season game since 2010. He did make a playoff appearance out of the bullpen in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing three runs off six hits over three innings.