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Tests reveal no serious injury to Price's left hand

Pedroia to rejoin Red Sox on Sept. 7; Sale shows discipline in rehab
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CHICAGO -- The Red Sox received good news Thursday, as tests on David Price's left hand did not reveal any serious issues.

Price exited Wednesday's start against the Marlins in the fourth inning after taking an Austin Dean comebacker off his left wrist and was diagnosed with a contusion. He saw a hand specialist in Boston and was expected to rejoin the team during Thursday's game with the White Sox, according to manager Alex Cora.

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CHICAGO -- The Red Sox received good news Thursday, as tests on David Price's left hand did not reveal any serious issues.

Price exited Wednesday's start against the Marlins in the fourth inning after taking an Austin Dean comebacker off his left wrist and was diagnosed with a contusion. He saw a hand specialist in Boston and was expected to rejoin the team during Thursday's game with the White Sox, according to manager Alex Cora.

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The Red Sox are unsure whether Price will make his next scheduled start on Monday against the Braves and are considering waiting until the team returns home on Sept. 7 against the Astros.

Cora said Price will be on the mound on Monday "if he's OK to pitch. We have the off-day on Thursday, so we'll see how he goes if he doesn't pitch and how he feels and we'll go from there."

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With rosters expanding on Saturday, a stint on the disabled list won't be necessary for Price if he doesn't start in Atlanta. Price, however, stated Wednesday that he wants to make that start against the Braves -- during which he would also be in the lineup for the Interleague matchup in a National League ballpark -- and Cora is open to that possibility.

"For how badly he wants to face pitchers in Atlanta, we'll see how it goes," said Cora, who implied Price wanted to start in an NL park so he could hit. "At the same time, if he feels ready to pitch and he can convince me, we'll let him go. We trust him."

Price has dealt with hand issues multiple times this season. In April, he left a start early after feeling "sensations" in his left hand but made his next start. The hand issues returned in early May when Price was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. He missed only one start and returned to throw a complete game on May 17.

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"The difference between yesterday and the first two [hand issues], it was right away when I went to him down in the cage and was like, 'Hey man, let's go take some pictures.' He went right away," Cora said. "Earlier in the season, he would tell me, 'I'm fine, I'm fine. I'll go out there.' So OK. But he understands. He texted me last night in good spirits."

Pedroia update
Dustin Pedroia, on the 60-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, will fly to Boston on Wednesday and rejoin the Red Sox on Sept. 7, Cora said. Pedroia has played in just three games this season, all of which came at the end of May.

"Pedey's gonna fly to Boston on Sept. 5, and he'll be with us the 7th, so we'll see," Cora said. "We'll see where we're at with him."

Sale 'disciplined' in rehab
Over the course of his career, Chris Sale has struggled in September, raising questions about whether he wears down as the season progresses. With Sale currently on the disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, Cora was asked if the break could be a blessing in disguise for the lefty.

"I don't know," Cora said. "I saw him in October last year [as the Astros' bench coach in the American League Division Series], and all the talk about him not having his stuff, he didn't have it in Game 1, that's it. And it was mostly because he was overthrowing that day. But Game 4 he was amazing.

"He's been very disciplined about it, and I've been disciplined too. In Baltimore, I wanted him to keep going, but obviously, no. I'm glad it didn't happen. He's been great, and we're very happy that he understands that this is not only for 162 games. We've got more to play, and he's gonna be a big part of it."

Moreland dealing with knee contusion
Mitch Moreland was held out of the Red Sox lineup for the second straight game on Thursday against the White Sox due to a left knee contusion. Moreland sustained the injury Aug. 23 when he slid into a dugout railing while chasing a foul ball.

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"He's available, he's going to be available off the bench, but hopefully we can stay away from him," Cora said. "We've been playing him a lot, and though lately he's been hitting the ball solid, which is great, keeping him off his feet is going to benefit him and obviously benefit us."

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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