Boston Red Sox Talk: Disregard David Price‘s 7-10 Day Timeline
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price received some very good news on Friday as he was told he would not need to undergo surgery on his left elbow.
The Red Sox left-hander spoke Saturday after returning from Indianapolis, where on Friday he visited Drs. James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache, who were working at the NFL Scouting Combine.
They determined that Price wouldn’t need surgery after he experienced soreness in his left elbow and forearm during a simulated game outing on Tuesday. With many already looking at the 7-10 timetable given by the doctors it is important to note that Price will return on his own timetable.
“I’m not putting a timetable on this,” Price said. “They [the doctors] already said 7-10 days. If I’m not out there in 10 days, I’m sure that’s going to be the next story. If I’m out there in five days, that’ll be the next story as well. There is no timetable. There is no 7-10 days. Disregard that.”
The renowned orthopedists’ diagnosis and recommendation of rest and anti-inflammatory drugs has put Price, and the Red Sox, at ease.
“It’s not really something I’ve had to go through before,” Price told reporters. “To hear it from two of the best elbow guys out there, it’s definitely a sigh of relief and ready to go.”
Price said the doctors told him his elbow is “unique.”
“They’re like, ‘Your elbow is extremely unique. It’s found a way to kind of heal itself,'” Price said. “So it’s pretty neat.
Price’s arm has had a ton of miles logged since he entered the league in 2008, since entering Major League Baseball Price has totaled the fifth-most innings pitched (1,657.2) in baseball.
“They expected it to be a lot worse than what it was,” Price said of the doctors. “That was both of them. They said it multiple times. They said, ‘We expected this to be a lot worse than what it really is.’ Everything they said, honestly, I didn’t feel like that meeting could have went any better. I don’t look at this to be anything too serious.”
Based on speculation alone there is a good chance that David Price misses the first couple of weeks in April, which would potentially be around 3 starts. If this is the case the rotation for Boston would look like this to start the season.
If Price is good to go in the first series of the year against the Pittsburgh Pirates there will be a tough decision for manager John Farrell to make in terms of who is the teams fifth starter. At this point neither Wright or Pomeranz seem to have an edge with post pitchers being vastly different in what they can bring to the table.