At a time when his career faces unprecedented scrutiny, David Price’s much-anticipated return to the mound at Fenway Park is in a holding pattern. The Red Sox placed the lefthander on the disabled list prior to his scheduled Friday night start against the Royals because of what the team described as left elbow inflammation.
The duration of his absence from the rotation remains unknown. The Red Sox, however, expressed optimism that the injury is not season-ending, and in fact may be relatively brief.
“I do not know if he’ll miss the season. I’m not anticipating that at this time,’’ said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who noted that the current inflammation is in a different spot on the elbow than the injury that sidelined the pitcher in the spring. “We’ll see where he progresses from here. We’ll keep working with him and try to get him back on the field as soon as possible. I don’t really know when that will be.’’