Reports earlier in the day seem to indicate that David Price, was dealing with elbow discomfort and seeking a second opinion on an inconclusive M.R.I. The second opinion is coming in the form of Dr. Andrews. There is no one better when it comes to ligament injuries i.e. U.C.L. injuries.
David Price is no stranger to elbow discomfort, however I'll admit this one seems a little more serious. I mean, come on, its Dr. Andrews-serious. Lets face the facts, that at this hour it is at least in the cards that David Price will not pitch in 2017. If he doesn't make a start this season, he definitely isn't opting out of his contract at the end of the season.
I'm admittedly in panic mode, however I'm not in the-ship-is-sinking-save-the-women-and-children-panic mode just yet. Red flags have been sprung up all day that this is progressing into a very serious issue. Optimism is critical now, and Red Sox nation decided to create a dumpster fire and go full on insane for this whole second opinion ordeal.
I have seen it all today, from tweets saying that David Price's potential injury was a good thing for the Red Sox, to people saying they wished the Sox hadn't traded Clay Buchholz. Both of those opinions are asinine. The rotation is significantly better with Price in it, postseason record or not. He had a down year last year, and still managed to accumulate 17 wins. He has the potential to win 20 games any given season, and he is going to chew up innings. David Price is a top-tier starter no matter how you look at it. Bottom line, the team is worse with him not toeing the rubber every fifth day.
Clay Buchholz was traded for one reason: money. He was traded so the Red Sox could free up some space, and possibly make some signings without going over the luxury tax that they usually blow right past anyways, but this season it has far more drastic repercussions. When the Red Sox decided to pick up Clay's 2017 option it looked like a good fit for them, but they didn't have Chris Sale at the time. Clay Buchholz in a word is inconsistent. He's kind of like blind folding yourself and throwing a dart at a dartboard; sure, sometimes you'll hit it, but you will probably end up with more misses than hits.
He showed little glimmering signs of hope, who could forget the no-hitter? Time and time again though, he proved himself to be injury prone, and far too inconsistent. Did we get a lot back for trading him? Absolutely not, but the Sox would have traded him for a day old cheeseburger from McDonald's if it meant whoever taking him took on his contract. Baseball is a sport, and in sports injuries happen frequently. Maybe if Dombrowski had a crystal ball, and could have predicted all of this he wouldn't have traded Clay, but if I were in his shoes in December, you better believe Clay is getting shipped out.
The news is startling to say the least. There is some optimism in Sox camp, and some people saying the end of Price's 2017 campaign is nigh. Red Sox twitter is a fun place to navigate, because you can hear and see it all. David Price may end up getting the surgery, he may not, but either way the rotation is better this year to start the season than last year.
David Price will eventually pitch in a Red Sox uniform again, hopefully it is this season. Am I worried? Of course. I'm going to remain optimistic until I get the final report that his season is over and Tommy Jon surgery is needed, though. My optimism is met by a sense of paranoia also. David Price knows his body better than anyone, and he wouldn't have sought out a second opinion if he didn't think it was serious. He wouldn't have went to Dr. Andrews in particular if he didn't think something was seriously wrong.
I hope its another case of the Red Sox medical staff blundering, and then deciding it would be in everyone's best interests to send him to Indianapolis. A lot of times in sports especially a "second opinion" means, "hey I didn't like that news, so I'm going to go make totally sure that is my only option." Anyways my glass will remain half full until someone comes over and pours it out.