Farrell: Price's media episode to be 'handled'

June 8th, 2017

NEW YORK -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said that left-hander 's outburst at a reporter following Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Yankees would be "handled" at some point after Price's start in Thursday night's rubber match between the rivals.

The incident happened during Farrell's postgame briefing with the press.

"To speak to what transpired, I don't know what took place," said Farrell. "It was an emotional conversation, from what it sounded like. I think David is focused on doing his best and going out and winning the game tonight. To disrupt his day today, because this is an important day to finish this road trip and where we are [in the standings], that will be handled."

Though the Red Sox make it clear to their players that professionalism is expected in dealing with the media, Farrell didn't think the timing was right to speak to Price in the hours leading up to his third start back from the disabled list.

"On his game day, you know the different personalities and you know how they go about their day on game day," said Farrell. "So to distract him away from that, that's probably not the day in which to do that. I will say this to all our players, that the resources that we provided them with in just dealing with the media -- we respect that you have a job to do."

While media members were filing into Farrell's postgame briefing on Wednesday, Price was waiting in the adjoining hallway and sought out a reporter for a conversation. Seconds later, Price could be heard shouting profanity-laced sentences at the reporter.

It's unclear what the argument was about. It came just hours after Price told The Boston Globe that he will speak to the Boston media only after his starts going forward.

"I don't talk to the media every day like I did last year, and I guess I get blown up for that," Price told The Boston Globe. "But I was honest with everything they asked me last year, and I get blown up for that. So they did this to themselves. Talk to me on the day I pitch, and that's it. There are no more personal interviews. There are no more asking me questions on a personal level. That's done."

Though Price obviously has some issues with Boston's sizable media contingent, all signs are that he is comfortable within his clubhouse, and pitching for the organization with which he signed a seven-year, $217 million contract in December 2015. Price holds an opt-out clause for after the 2018 season, but he has never stated that he plans on exercising it.

"Here's the thing -- David Price is one heck of a teammate," said Farrell. "He's a very strong competitor. The support he gives his teammates in the clubhouse and that dugout is outstanding. And it's returned to him. I think he genuinely appreciates competing with the Red Sox, the city of Boston and going out and working with his teammates to compete to win a championship."

In 2016, his first season with Boston, Price went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA, but he lost his only start in the postseason, Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Cleveland.