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AL East notes: Red Sox, Price, Orioles, Rays



Left Hander David Price had been a candidate to come off the injured list and start for Red Sox on Sunday, but it will not happen, Scott Miller of Bleacher Report was among them to report. Price since August 8 with a left wrist problem is instead a few more days from returning. He will throw a 55-pitch simulated game Tuesday, after which the Red Sox will determine a next action plan, according to manager Alex Cora. That's unfortunate news for Boston, which is a potentially insurmountable seven games behind the American League's last wild-card spot and whose rotation has been an issue throughout the season. Price did not help the Red Sox in his recent starts, as his ERA skyrocketed from 3.16 on July 14 to 4.36 after the last time he took the ball. But the 33-year-old has still been among the club's most effective starts this season. His K / BB ratio (4.06) ranks 26th out of 103 pitchers who have thrown at least 100 rounds in 2019.

  • Orioles fired 11 members into their front office and scouting departments Friday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com Relays. Tripp Norton, who was Oriole's head of baseball operations from 2012 (and has been with O's since 1998), was the most prominent member of the organization who lost the job. The club also joined scout Nathan Showalter, son of ex-Baltimore manager Buck Showalter. First-year General Director Mike Elias, who is trying to redo the office in his image, said that the team "will be very busy getting people into this organization" to replace the ones it releases.
  • Red Sox infielder Michael Chavis started a rehabilitation mission Friday, according to the team's Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket. Chavis went to IL on August 12 with an AC gain in the left shoulder, continuing what has been a tough month for the 24-year-old. While Chavis was in the midst of a slump when he landed on the shelf, he has had a respectable rookie year overall. Chavis has batted .254 / .322 / .444 with 18 home runs in 382 plays and 95 games, during which he has split time between first and second base.
  • Ray's activated lefty Anthony Banda from the 60-day injured list Friday and elected him to Triple-A Durham, per Juan Toribio of MLB.com . They placed infielder Brandon Lowe (out of season) on 60-day IL in a corresponding 40-man move. Banda has not joined the main men since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2018, but he may serve as a late-season reinforcement for the Rays. The 26-year-old has struggled at the Triple-A level this season, though proven by a 5.57 ERA / 6.14 FIP over 21 innings.

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