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|Posted: Thu Mar 2nd, 2017 10:41 pm||
|The Boston Red Sox received some potentially season-altering news Thursday, as left-hander David Price underwent an MRI after experiencing soreness in his left elbow and forearm.
The results of the MRI have yet to be announced, though Red Sox manager John Farrell said Price is going to receive a second opinion from renowned Tommy John surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
"We're still in the process of evaluating the MRI and gathering more information," Farrell told reporters, according to Christopher Smith of Mass Live.
Farrell said Price came out of his simulated game fine Tuesday, but began feeling pain Wednesday that was of a greater intensity than normal soreness. Price has since been scratched from his first spring start that was to come later this week.
"He came out of the two-inning sim game the other day with some increased soreness. So we're holding him out," Farrell said, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Farrell added: "We're taking every precaution. Yes, we are concerned, as we would be with any player. There's a couple things. We've got a little bit of history with David and what his progression through spring training has been. He's battled this seemingly in every spring training. We will acknowledge that this one has got a little bit more intensity to it. That's why we're taking every step and scratching him for Sunday."
Price has been remarkably durable throughout his career, averaging 218 innings per season over the last seven years. He threw a league-leading 230 innings in 2016.
Potentially losing Price for a significant amount of time would be a huge blow for the Red Sox. Despite coming off a down season by his standards, Price still won 17 games, posted a 3.99 ERA, struck out 228 batters, and remains among the game's elite starters.
The Red Sox rotation had questions surrounding its depth and health entering spring training. Outside of Chris Sale and Rick Porcello; Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright, and Drew Pomeranz all entered camp nursing injuries, and outside of those five, the organization has few arms capable of giving the club quality starting pitching.
Price is in Year 2 of a seven-year, $217-million deal, and will earn $30 million in 2017.