Boston Red Sox Pitcher David Price Would Have Gotten Elbow Surgery If He Was Younger
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price has dealt with an elbow injury during spring training and interestingly enough if was a tad younger he would have had surgery.
After resting and resuming throwing, Price (per the Boston Herald’s Evan Drellich) spoke optimistically, but added that if he were younger, doctors would have recommended surgery on the elbow.
He offered nothing in the way of detail, however, when it comes to the actual injury — and said that if he was younger, 22 or 23 years old, he’d have gone under the knife. For what surgery, exactly, is unclear.
‘It feels good. It’s been getting better every day,’ Price said. ‘Kind of surprised that it’s responded the way that it has. If you asked me a week ago, I’d have said I felt OK. And I feel really good right now. Today is the best it’s felt. Just everyday activities. I don’t feel anything in there right now. So that’s coming after two straight days of throwing baseballs into the net so it’s responded really well.
‘They said if I was 22 or 23 they’d have told me to go have surgery. … I’ve gone through this. This is something I feel like happens every spring training. It’s those first four to five weeks of spring training that I feel like I go through this every single year, and this year was just a little bit worse. You know, my arm got a little bit more stiff, and that’s why we took the precautionary actions that we took. That was the right thing to do.
‘It doesn’t matter if it sends up red flags, whatever it is. Whenever it’s dealing with something like that, you want to know what’s going on in there and that’s what we did. If we didn’t go do that, there’s no place, or there’s no telling where I’d have been mentally because that was a lot different for me even though it calmed down a lot. At the end of it, I realized this was, it was really no different than what I usually go through in spring training, that I expect to go through in spring training.’
This is an interesting statement that does indeed make a lot of sense, if Price who is 31-years-old has to sit a season after surgery there is no guarantee he can work his way back to his elite form. For Boston Red Sox fans though this is troublesome as the pitcher might need surgery still down the road.