Farrell: Unlikely Price returns as starter this season

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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.