According to multiple reports, David Price has been scratched from his first Spring Training start this weekend after experiencing forearm/elbow discomfort in a simulated game this past Sunday. John Farrell spoke to the media this morning and said the team is concerned after a MRI late last night. Price is currently headed to the NFL Combine, where he will be visiting Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Farrell said because the MRI was conducted late last night, he does not fully know the results yet. Yeah, okay. Anyways, whenever you hear Dr. Andrews' name, as a fan and player, you should be freaking out.
Lets face it, folks; you don't go to Dr. Andrews to get some ice one your arm. Furthermore, John Farrell is usually a pretty optimistic manager and, judging by his tone this morning, things are certainly not good. Here is some excerpts of Farrell's interview with reporters, courtesy of Rob Bradford:
We have given Price a lot of crap for the last year+, but it is going to be extremely difficult for the Red Sox to compete with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs without Price. Farrell said Price usually experiences discomfort in his forearm in Spring Training and that this is something they have dealt with in the past, but this time it was more intense.
Thank God the Red Sox were smart and went out to get Chris Sale. Imagine this team without David Price AND Chris Sale at the top of the rotation? While the Red Sox still have a good 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation with the aforementioned Sale and Rick Porcello, losing David Price for any extended amount of time is a huge blow. It is important to note that nothing has been reported saying Price will miss the season or require any type of surgery *cough* Tommy John *cough*, but like I mentioned before, it is not a good sign when a player has to go visit Dr. Andrews. What confuses me the most is in Farrell's interview this morning, he said Price is feeling better since feeling the discomfort. Does a Tommy John-type of injury suddenly feel better? This leaves me cautiously optimistic.
Without Price in the starting rotation, the Red Sox will have some combination of the follow:
1. Chris Sale
2. Rick Porcello
3. Eduardo Rodriguez
4. Drew Pomeranz
5. Steven Wright
While that rotation is pretty solid, Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright are not the most durable guys, and some of them have not even fully started their own Spring Training exercises. After these five, Boston has depth, but it is certainly nothing to write home about. Brian Johnson, Hector Velazquez, Henry Owens, and Roenis Elias could all fill in at some point to provide a spot-start for the Red Sox, but they should not be relied upon for the entire season.
The free agent pitching market is mediocre, but a couple of these guys could help the Red Sox if David Price is indeed out for any amount of significant time. Doug Fister, Jake Peavy, CJ. Wilson, and Edwin Jackson are just a few names that could be dawning a Red Sox uniform at the beginning of the season.
Buckle up, Red Sox Nation. This could get dicey.
UPDATE March 3, 2017 11:55 A.M.
According to multiple reports, including some digging I have done myself, David Price is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews and Dr Neal ElAttrache on Friday afternoon. John Farrell did not have much of an update for reporters this morning, but he has said that Price seems more relaxed and confident. If I were a betting man, I would say that leaks about Price's appointment with the two surgeons would be Friday night or Saturday morning.