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Whom do the Red Sox have to replace David Price?

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ESPN Red Sox reporter Scott Lauber examines where the team could turn for rotation help should David Price miss extended time. (0:52)

David Dombrowski had just finished a jog around the Red Sox spring training facility last Saturday morning when Boston's president of baseball operations stopped to chat. At that moment, all the injury news he had about the team's starting pitchers was positive.

Steven Wright's shoulder? All good, Dombrowski reported. Eduardo Rodriguez's troublesome knee? Fine. Drew Pomeranz's elbow? Good to go. Boston's pitching depth appeared exceptional, with that trio ready to go behind the front three starters of David Price, Rick Porcello and Chris Sale, who have all been steady sources of 200 innings annually.

But there are cracks in that foundation now, after Price experienced discomfort in his pitching elbow. If doctors inform Price that his elbow can be treated without Tommy John surgery, Dombrowski should be able to easily plug and fill until Price's return.

If Price's injury is serious, and he either needs reconstruction surgery or will be out for an extended period, then Dombrowski may have to examine the full range of available options.