BOSTON (CBS) — There’s a collective sigh of relief going through the Red Sox organization right now.
After getting a second opinion on his sore elbow, the team has learned that lefty starter David Price will not require surgery, and instead only needs rest and medication.
The 31-year-old experienced soreness in his elbow following a simulated game earlier this week, which manager John Farrell said isn’t out of the ordinary for Price during Spring Training. But the soreness was far more intense than it has been in the past, so he was scratched from his spring debut this weekend and underwent an MRI. When those results came back inconclusive, Price went to Indianapolis to meet with the famed Dr. James Andrews, which is usually a sign that Tommy John surgery is in order.
Luckily for Boston, that wasn’t the case this time around, and it appears they’ve dodged a potential season-ending injury for their No. 2 starter.
Price is entering the second season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with Boston last offseason. He went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 2016, striking out 228 over 230 innings pitched.