Red Sox pitcher David Price has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after reporting increased soreness in his throwing elbow. The timing of this trip to the DL may be as “unique” as Price’s elbow itself, as he was scheduled to take the mound in Fenway for his first start since publicly confronting hall of fame pitcher turned broadcaster Dennis Eckersley on a team flight.
Price’s elbow became an issue in early March and caused him to miss the first 2 months of the season. He had multiple MRIs at the time and made a trip to the NFL Combine to see Drs. James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache for second opinions. Ultimately his elbow was deemed “unique” and surgery was not recommended with the caveat that, if he were younger, surgery would be a more highly considered option.
Price’s elbow injury was reported in March as a “forearm strain.” These muscles are used by pitchers to “flick” the wrist, a movement vital to pitch velocity. The information released on Price’s injury was confusing, but did not leave me feeling that either a tear in the flexor-pronator mass tendon or an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) was ruled out. Both of these injuries could require surgery if they continued to be symptomatic. Price reportedly had an MRI of his elbow yesterday. We will hopefully have more information on the injury in the coming days.
While Red Sox fans are understandably disappointed in Price’s off-field behavior, there is no denying that a healthy, productive (ideally less petulant) Price is important to the team’s success. The results of yesterday’s MRI and his response to rest will determine a lot for this Red Sox team. Unfortunately, a trip to the DL could also mean a trip to the OR for the left-handed pitcher.