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Sunday, July 5, 2020

David Price vows to stop playing video games, says elbow is ‘pristine’

David Price

David Price was scratched from his start against the New York Yankees on Wednesday due to numbness in his pitching hand, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora says the left-hander has been dealing with a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Price doesn’t think playing video games contributed to that, but he said he’ll give them a break so people stop talking about it.

On Thursday, Price met with the media and said he plans to make his scheduled start on Saturday in Toronto. He also revealed that he underwent extensive medical tests and has been told his elbow and forearm are in “pristine” condition.

Price’s toughness has been called into question this season and throughout much of his career. The latest turn in his wild ride in Boston has been people speculating that his latest injury may have been caused by his affinity for video games.

And if Red Sox fans weren’t already disgusted enough with their $30 million per year “ace,” the reason Price gave for his bullpen session being cut short last week probably won’t help.

Price’s issues are apparently with his wrist, and he believes they can be treated with dry needling and other techniques. The same issue led to him leaving a start in early April, and he has a 6.95 ERA in four starts since then.

Many Red Sox fans despise Price, and the comments the pitcher makes about the fan base indicate the feelings are mutual. The 32-year-old can opt out of his contract after the season, but it’s doubtful any team is going to pay more than the Red Sox are on the hook for, which is is about $125 million over the next four seasons. The two sides could be stuck with each other unless Price makes a major turnaround or Boston is willing to eat money in a trade.

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