Farrell: Unlikely Price returns as starter this season

As the Boston Red Sox continue to push for their second division title in as many years, the status and return of David Price remains up in the air.

Price completed his second simulated game on Wednesday, tossing three innings (47 pitches). Afterward, Red Sox manager John Farrell told Evan Drellich of CSNNE that it would be "aggressive" for Price to return as a starter this season.

Farrell confirmed he would sit down with Price on Thursday to discuss his role with the team moving forward.

"I just want to pitch, whatever it is," Price told Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. "That’s fine."

With Chris Sale dominant as ever, and Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Doug Fister all pitching well of late, the Red Sox could opt to deploy Price as a shutdown reliever when he returns, and into the postseason.

Though his struggles in October are known, Price pitched out of the bullpen as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Rays during the club's World Series run in 2008. In five appearances that postseason, Price recorded a 1.59 ERA with eight strikeouts.

The veteran left-hander has been sidelined since July 22 with elbow discomfort. He's made 11 starts this year, posting a 3.82 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 22 walks.

Farrell: Unlikely Price returns as starter this season
  Got something to say? Leave a comment below!
Longoria on Giants: 'Nice to be in a place where everyone is committed to winning'
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler is catching an up close glimpse of Tiger Woods
⚾️ meets ⛳️ @DexterFowler has a front row seat to see @TigerWoods at @TheHondaClassic.
Vladdy throws out 1st pitch before Angels spring contest
Una leyenda que no necesita presentación. . . ¡@VladGuerrero27! 👏⚾️👏 #VladHOF #AngelsBéisbol
Cubs' Rizzo is #MSDStrong in support of former high school
McCutchen excited to join 'pissed off' Giants
"It's good to be able to shake it up a little bit." - @TheCUTCH22 #30Clubs30Days @SFGiants
Hosmer buys ad in Kansas City Star thanking Royals fans
Eric Hosmer’s thank you ad will be in The Kansas City Star tomorrow and Sunday.
Autograph fiend Pat Neshek had a good day
I love my teammates, set a record with 225 cards signed in 1 day!
Angels' Ohtani strikes out 2 in 1st inning of spring debut
The Sho begins. #SpringTraining