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Boston Red Sox Pitcher David Price Has Elbow Tightness, Tommy John Likely

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher David Price Has Elbow Tightness, Tommy John Likely

Boston Red Sox ace David Price is seeking a second opinion after receiving a not so favorable MRI after suffering from some elbow tightness. Price will be heading to the NFL combine to see Dr. James Andrews, aka the Tommy John specialist. The feeling around the team right now is that this is a serious issue and everyone is holding their breathes.

For Boston they have an abundance of starting pitching depth with other aces in Rick Porcello (Reigning Cy Young) and Chris Sale (Elbow Tightness Last Season). If Price indeed has to undergo Tommy John my big question would be to see when he started feeling this elbow tightness and if it was something he was feeling last season at any point.

Reason I am saying this is that Prices velocity was way down last season compared to the previous one, some of it was being attributed to not having as high of a leg kick on his delivery, but in the back of my mind I was thinking Tommy John all the way. This surgery has become the norm in baseball for an abundance of reasons, but that is for a different time.

“He feels improved today over yesterday so that’s an encouraging sign, but still we’ve got to take every step..”

“We’re taking every precaution. Yes, we are concerned as we would be with any player.”

“He’s battled this seemingly in every ST. We will acknowledge this one’s got a little bit more intensity to it.

“His bullpens all ST have been powerful. They’ve been crisp. His delivery has been clean.” -John Farrell to WBZ Radio 

For right now the Red Sox will need to seriously evaluate their current pitching depth and need to confirm if they can go into the season with what they have. Sale should be great but he suffered elbow tightness last season but appears to be fine, Porcello might retract into a middle of the rotation guy, Eduardo Rodriguez is inconsistent and injury prone, Steven Wright is unpredictable and the inexperienced Drew Pomeranz is another relative unknown.

Pitching was supposed to help win games for this team with the retirement of David Ortiz, with Price likely out for the season if it is indeed Tommy john there will be serious problems in Boston for any kind of postseason dream. If Dombrowski is focused on bringing a World Series title to Boston he will need to move quick, maybe a veteran free agent starter is the solution.

Free Agent Starters:

Price could always just need to be iced for a little bit if it isn’t Tommy John, but whenever you hear elbow tightness and Dr. Andrews you have to fear for the worst.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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