​It's been a while since Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price last pitched, as that was on July 22 against the Los Angeles Angels. 

He gave up six runs with five earned in just five innings, and shortly later was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

Price is looking good since he's been in rehab, and just threw a successful three-inning simulated game today to get back in the scheme of things. 

He has been interviewed and gave an encouraging quote, which should make Red Sox fans optimistic about the possible return of the former ace.

Currently on a seven-year contract worth $217,000,000, the Red Sox organization hopes that Price will finally live up to his monster contract. 

Before his injury, he went 5-3 with with a 3.82 ERA, including 63 strikeouts and 22 walks in 66 innings. As it's still a tight race in the American League East, where Boston leads the New York Yankees by 3.5 games, Price will surely help the Red Sox starting rotation when he comes back.

Coming from the words of Boston Manager John Farrell, it looks like Price may not even have the chance to start again this year. He could possibly bolster the Red Sox bullpen that has been one of the best this season, but that's not what he's getting paid for.

It will be interesting to see if Price comes back this season, and if he does, what role he will be put in.

One thing is for sure, though: Red Sox fans are waiting on pins and needles to see the star back on the field.