Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spring Training Around the AL East: The Boston Red Sox and David Price’s Elbow

So if covering the New York Mets and David Wright is fair game on the site this morning then I think covering the Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price and his ailing elbow also should get at least a mention, don’t you? Price, the Red Sox and his elbow have direct implications to the Yankees since they play in the same division while the Mets third baseman simply shares the spotlight in the same busy city as the Bronx Bombers. Again, new rules. More me. Here we go!

Price was scratched from his first start of the spring with elbow soreness and a sore forearm and has consulted with specialists regarding the elbow including, dun dun dun, Dr. James Andrews and Neil ElAttrache. I don’t have to tell you that it’s probably not great news for the Red Sox or for Price, who just got done saying earlier in the week that the 2017 season was going to be his “best yet” for the Boston Red Sox, if he is having his elbow looked at by Tommy John surgery specialist Dr. Andrews.

Price is coming off a season in which he made 35 starts while posting a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA in his first season with Boston after signing a mega deal worth $210 million for seven years. Losing Price for any amount of time would be significant for Boston despite them already having the reigning American league Cy Young Award winner in Rick Porcello and Chris Sale who they acquired from the Chicago White Sox for four top prospects including Yoan Moncada. Not that the Red Sox likely wouldn’t still win what is considered to be a weaker American League East this season with or without Price but still, this can only help the Yankees chances.

Let me be clear. I am not wishing an injury on ANY player no matter what uniform they wear. I don’t want Price to be injured, I am just speaking of the implications that would happen if he were to be injured. Remember that before furiously typing out your hate email that, if I’m being honest, I will likely ignore anyway. I am flushing all negativity out of my life or as close to all as I can... so fair warning. Have a great Saturday everyone.

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