Dana LeVangie's biggest hurdles as Boston Red Sox pitching coach? David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez

Among a many hurdles new Red Sox pitching manager Dana LeVangie will face this arriving season, dual are in his rotation. 

David Price missed a start of a 2017 deteriorate with bend inflammation, returned to make only 11 starts and afterwards landed on a infirm list again mid-year. He rejoined a team in Sep and valid successful in a bullpen into the playoffs, though his transition behind into a revolution will be a focal indicate come open training. 

Since signing with a bar before to a 2016 season, Price has had a hilly reign with a Red Sox. 

While he’s had stretches of pristine dominance, he’s had scarcely as many disappointments.

One of LeVangie’s biggest advantages in entering his purpose as pitching manager is that he’s already worked closely with any stream pitcher on staff. LeVangie was obliged for allege scouting work over a final several seasons and worked with catchers and starters along with former pitching manager Carl Willis before to any game.

“I consider David Price, down a widen some-more importantly, valid to himself that he can come behind and be a pitcher that he is and can be what he wants to be for a team,” LeVangie pronounced on Wednesday. 

Price showed how widespread he can be this past Sep and October, though transferring that behind into a starting purpose will be what determines another mediocre season from a good one.

Meanwhile, a Red Sox revolution will be though Eduardo Rodriguez during slightest for a initial few months as he recovers from knee surgery. Rodriguez had vinculum reformation medicine in Oct and is approaching to lapse to pitching in April, approaching definition he’ll won’t be prepared to join a revolution until May or June. 

The Red Sox have had their satisfactory share of health concerns with Rodriguez, quite with his knee that has been disposed to dislocation after he harmed it in a open of 2016. Surgery is approaching to strengthen a knee, though Rodriguez has certified in a past that guileless a fortitude of his leg is half a conflict in returning to a mound. 

“I consider with Eddie we’re going to have to be a small studious in relocating brazen on where he is on his rehab and how his knee is doing,” LeVangie said.

Steven Wright is rehabbing from his possess knee medicine and should be prepared by a start of open training. At this point, he is a foregoer to reinstate Rodriguez in a rotation, though that stays to be seen. 

Finding a approach to get Rick Porcello behind to his 2016 form is another plea for LeVangie. 

“We do have a good pitching staff entrance back, maybe a few doubt marks,” LeVangie said. “But we consider a group will be clever adequate to withstand a integrate highway blocks here and there.” 

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