David Price. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Chris Sale hasn't been a regular member of the Red Sox rotation since July 27th. He's started two games since, totaling six shutout innings, due to shoulder inflammation.
Fortunately, David Price has stepped up with a 1.75 ERA in eight starts since as Boston's gone 7-1. Manager Alex Cora's appreciated the lefty's consistency.
"As you can see, he's in control, he's under control the whole time out there," Cora said. "Inside part of the play and outside part of the play against righties, the change-up, the fastball ... he's been amazing. He's been very important. You lose one of your horses, other guys have to step up. It's not that he had to, but he did, and he's been great."
Price said it's been great pitching well with Sale out.
"I expect to go out there and throw the baseball like this every five days," Price said. "Feels good that I've been able to do that since Sale's been out, but he's back now, and we expect him to be himself."
Cora said Sale's feeling fine after his 26-pitch, scoreless frame Tuesday. Just regular soreness. He'll toss a bullpen session tomorrow, then target three innings against the Mets Sunday.
Sox will try for a sweep of the Blue Jays tonight at 7 p.m. with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports