Mar. 02, 2017
David Price to get Second Opinion on Sore Elbow Following MRI
When you hear that a pitcher is set to meet with Dr. James Andrews, you know that's usually a cause for concern. That is exactly where Sox starting pitcher David Price is expected to visit following an MRI he had on his elbow. According to reports, Price began to feel discomfort in his forearm following a simulated game two days ago. Price has been scratched from his next start on Sunday, and manager John Farrell said that they are "concerned". Although the MRI results aren't in yet, it's still never a good sign when the manager comes out and shows his concern. But who wouldn't be? This is an important piece to a rotation that has added All Star Chris Sale, and we all wanted to see how Price would perform in year two in Boston. Imagine if we didn't trade for Sale in the winter? Good lord would we be hurting. The worst case scenerio would be that this would require Price to have Tommy John surgery, a pitchers worst nightmare. Dr. James Andrews is one of the best sports doctors in the business, and when a pitcher has a meeting set with him, it usually ends with the pitcher going under the knife and his season ending. Price will meet with Dr. Andrews in Indianapolis, who is there for the NFL Combine.
This is still a developing story, and nothing is guaranteed, but if Price's season is over due to this injury, the Sox would be hurting. Although they still have reigning Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello and Chris Sale, the rest of the Sox rotation is a little shaky. They don't have much depth, and the back end of the rotation has been coming back from injuries since the beginning of Spring Training. Both Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright suffered injuries late last season, and are weeks behind the other starters. Lefty Eduardo Rodriquez also started the spring dealing with an injury, but is expected to make a Spring Training start today. He would be the guy I think will have to step up the most if Price's injury is as bad as it looks. A three man competition for the last two spots in the rotation appears to be on hold now, especially after the Sox dealer away righty Clay Buchholz to the Phillies. Did I really just imply that we're officially missing Buchholz? Lets not go that far yet, but this is not the news the Sox wanted or needed. Especially when it's the guy whose making $217 million. I repeat, $217 million. Good luck getting out of that contract now Boston.