CHICAGO — David Price saw a specialist on Thursday and was told he had no further damage to his left wrist beyond a bruise after being hit by a line drive on Wednesday night.
“Everything is fine,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
There’s even a possibility that Price will make his next start, which would be in Atlanta on Monday afternoon. But it’s more likely the Sox would take advantage of expanded rosters and push him back a few days.
Dr. Matthew Leibman of Newton-Wellesley Hospital examined Price and cleared him to rejoin the team and get back into his throwing routine.
Miami’s Austin Dean hit a ball up the middle in the third inning on Wednesday night that struck Price and deflected to first base. Price stayed with the play and covered the bag to record the out.
“We’ll see how he feels the next few days and we go from there,” Cora said. “I’m not 100 percent sure he’ll make his start in Atlanta.”
Price would have to hit for himself with no designated hitter in the National League park. That’s something the Sox would like to avoid.
“It makes sense,” Cora said. “But at the same time if he feels ready to pitch and he can convince me, we’ll let him go. We trust him.”
Price is 5-0 with a 1.94 earned run average in his last eight starts. The Sox are 20-6 in games he has started this season.
If Price does not pitch in Atlanta, Hector Velazquez could fill in for him.
Mitch Moreland was out of the lineup on Thursday night for the second consecutive game to get some additional rest for his sore left knee.
“He’s doing better. A little bit sore but I feel like giving him more than one day, maybe two days, maybe three is going to benefit him,” Cora said. “He’s available but hopefully we stay away from him. We’ve been playing him a lot.”
Moreland has hit .190 with a .599 OPS since the All-Star break. Data shows he has not been rewarded for hitting the ball hard, but he also has not been moving well.
“Hitting the ball solid, which is great. But keeping him off his feet is going to benefit him and obviously it’s going to benefit us,” Cora said.
Brock Holt started at first base against the White Sox. It was his second start there this season.
Ortiz refutes book
David Ortiz has denied any involvement in gambling on baseball following the publication of a book by a former Major League Baseball security agent.
Eddie Dominguez, a former Boston police officer, alleged that a former Ortiz associate — identified only as “Monga” — bet on a game in 2005 and was a frequent gambler.
In his book, “Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America’s National Pastime,” Dominguez further alleged that Monga was banned from the Red Sox clubhouse and later arrested for falsely claiming United States citizenship.
Dominguez never implicated Ortiz, something MLB confirmed.
Via an Instagram post, Ortiz denied any involvement in the matter.
“I wasn’t gonna comment on this episode but someone outta nowhere once again try to diminish my image just to sell a couple books . . . just for some $$ in his pocket,” Ortiz wrote.
“MLB do a hell of a job letting us know the importance of NOT betting on baseball, especially after Pete Rose. I have been a player that has been extremely blessed not only with the love of the fans but also with lots of $$ and I’m SMART ENOUGH to not get caught up in some BS like that, trust me!”
Ortiz also noted that had he been involved in gambling in 2005, his career would not have lasted another 11 seasons.
“MLB woulda gotten rid of me ASAP,” he wrote.
Prospects to Arizona
The Red Sox assigned eight players to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Prominent among them are infielders Michael Chavis, Bobby Dalbec, and Josh Ockimey, lefthander Darwinzon Hernandez, and righthander Mike Shawaryn.
Dalbec, a fourth-round pick in 2016, had 35 home runs and 105 RBIs through 125 games this season. A third baseman, he will play some first base in Arizona.
Chavis, a first-round pick in 2014, has hit .321 with a .985 OPS since returning from an 80-game suspension for steroid use. He will work at first base and third base.
Ockimey, a fifth-round selection in 2014, has 20 home runs and 71 RBIs this season.
Hernandez and Shawaryn will work in the bullpen in Arizona, but only to control their workload. They will continue to be developed as starters.
The 21-year-old Hernandez is 9-5 with a 3.55 ERA over 104 innings this season. Shawaryn, 23, is 9-9 with a 3.45 ERA over 143⅔ innings.
The Sox also will have second baseman Esteban Quiroz, righthander Teddy Stankiewicz, and lefthander Josh Taylor with the Solar Sox.
One of the Detroit prospects on the team will be 21-year-old outfielder Daz Cameron, the son of former Sox outfielder Mike Cameron.
The AFL starts Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 17.
Pedroia heading back
Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to rejoin the team next Friday when the Sox return to Fenway Park, although not to play. Pedroia has been doing rehab work on his left knee at a facility close to his home in Arizona since early July . . . Christian Vazquez was 1 for 4 with a walk and caught nine innings for Triple A Pawtucket on Thursday. It was the fourth injury rehabilitation game for Vazquez, who is returning from a broken right pinkie. Rafael Devers was 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts as the DH. It was the second rehab game for Devers, who is out with a strained left hamstring . . . Steven Wright is traveling with the team, which suggests he will be activated off the disabled list when rosters expand on Saturday. Wright threw two scoreless innings for Pawtucket on Tuesday. Wright has not pitched in the majors since June 22 because of knee inflammation.