The Yankees demolished David Price during his start in Game 2 of the ALDS, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora is ready to turn to Price again -- as a reliever.
"Obviously we need outs," Cora said, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. "Actually, we were just talking about him, me and [pitching coach] Dana [LeVangie], and there were a few things that we noticed, actually the last few weeks, that he's not doing the way he did in those 11 outings or whatever it was," Cora said. "I know physically he's fine, and we know where we're going. So most likely we'll use him in some spot, yeah."
And Cora isn't just offering lip service about using Price in relief.
"We'll talk to him," Cora said. "Actually, I'll call him tonight, see how he feels. If it's [tonight], it's [tonight]. If it's Game 4, it's Game 4."
Price, who allowed home runs to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez in Game 2 on Friday night, now has a career 5.28 ERA in 75.0 career postseason innings -- an ERA that more than two runs higher than his career regular season ERA.
The Red Sox are turning to Nathan Eovaldi in Game 3 and Rick Porcello in Game 4, with Chris Sale lined up for a potential Game 5 at Fenway Park.
With Price throwing only 42 pitches in Game 2, another option would be to start him on short rest in Game 5 after starting Sale on short rest in Game 4 (if they're trailing two games to one).
Instead of keeping that option open, it seems the Sox are intent on using him in relief, even though it would mean pitching at Yankee Stadium -- his personal house of horrors.