David Price to Seek Second Opinion on Sore Pitching Arm
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Thursday that ace left-hander David Price will miss his next spring training start due to soreness in his pitching elbow and forearm.
The team is still awaiting MRI results on Price’s arm, but in the meantime Price will leave Florida for Indianapolis to meet with renowned orthopedic surgeons Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Neil ElAttrache. Both doctors are currently in Indy for the NFL’s scouting combine.
Price threw 38 pitches in a two-inning simulated game on Tuesday before reporting the soreness in his pitching arm the following morning. Farrell said that the team has not received Price’s MRI results yet because their own team doctor, Dr. Peter Asnis, has been in surgery all day and has not been able to read the results yet.
Price has dealt with arm soreness during spring training in the past, but reported that this pain was more severe than the general soreness to which he is accustomed. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported that the second opinion on Price’s arm will occur sometime within the next 24 to 48 hours.
“He feels improved today over yesterday, so that’s an encouraging sign. But still, we have to take every step along the way to get our arms around this in its entirety,” said Farrell.
Price was up-and-down last season in his first campaign since joining the Red Sox as a free agent. The former Cy Young winner finished 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in a league-leading 230 innings of work. The 3.99 ERA was the highest in a full season for Price since posting a 4.42 ERA in his first full Major League season with the Rays back in 2009.
Following a half-season stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston nabbed Price on a monstrous seven-year contract worth $217 million.
Loaded Red Sox Rotation
With Price, Chris Sale and defending American League Cy Young winner Rick Porcello all on board, Boston is hoping to boast one of the more dominant starting rotations in recent memory. Sale came over in a trade from the White Sox during the winter that sent top-rated prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech.
Price has been remarkably healthy over the course of his nine-year big league career. He has only been sent to the disabled list once, and that was back in 2013 while with Tampa for a triceps strain.
Since breaking into the Majors on a full-time basis in 2009, Price is fifth in all of baseball with 1,671 1/3 innings pitched and seventh with 26,090 pitches delivered.
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