David Price has been on the shelf for the Red Sox since early August where he was placed on the 10-Day IL. After Price felt tight following his August 4th start against the Yankees where he was tagged for 7 ER, the team decided to send him for an MRI which revealed a cyst on his left wrist. He was given a cortisone shot at the time, but it didn’t work as the team hoped it would.
Per the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato, things aren’t trending in the direction of a David Price return in 2019, says Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Cora says that they will be meeting with David Price again to “…go over a few things and see where we’re heading…”, but he sees the end result being the team shutting Price down.
“Most likely we’re going to get together again just to go over a few things and see where we’re heading, but honestly, it feels like most likely we’re going to shut him down. But we have to go through the whole process and see how David feels about it.”
Surgery is not out of the question for the left-handed, top of the rotation arm, either. According to Cora, it’s something that will be on the table. He also attributes Price’s inability to throw an effective two-seamer along with his struggle with his command this season to this injury.
“That’s something we’re going to talk about, if that’s an option, if we need it. Obviously it has limited him as far as being able to compete, and I think it actually kind of limited him when he was pitching, what he was able to do. We saw it with command, and that’s not him. He can get hit, that’s part of it. But with command, he was way off.”
Early on in the year, Price had effectively taken back the “ace” role that fellow starter Chris Sale–who is also done for 2019–had stapled onto him the second that he was traded to Boston. He was proving himself to once again be the most consistent and reliable starter on the staff.
But in his last four starts–excluding his short attempt at a return on September 1st–he started to get severely knocked around including an appearance against an unofficial Minor League team, the Baltimore Orioles, where he surrendered 6 ER in just 4.0 IP.
If the likely scenario does occur and he is unable to make another start this season, Price will finish with his highest ERA since becoming a member of the Red Sox ahead of the 2016 season.
Price currently sits on a 4.28 ERA, a 1.314 WHIP and a record of 7-5 in 22 starts.
This injury news is just the icing on the cake of this 2019 Red Sox season as their aspirations of repeating as World Series Champions were crushed as the team was littered with injury coupled with underperformance across much of the board.
With 12 games remaining, Boston sits 19.0 games back of the AL East leading New York Yankees, and 9.0 games back of the second Wild Card spot, currently held by the Tampa Bay Rays.
It’s time to start looking ahead to the 2020 season.