(CBS Local: Boston)
Aaaaaaaaand exhale. The Sox, for the time being, have dodged a major bullet. Rob Bradford of WEEI reported at 4:21 pm ET that 7-time All-Star left hander, David Price, will NOT require surgery to rectify intense forearm/elbow soreness. This is an injury that Red Sox manager, John Farrell, has said the DP has dealt with every spring training, only the pain was more intense than in years past.
However, the Red Sox have received the best possible news right now: Price will rest for 7-10 days before they re-evaluate him, I'm assuming after some throwing and MAYBE even a brief bullpen. But push comes to shove, the Sox are really lucky right now.
The red flag here is that this is very similar to what happened to Carson Smith last spring. They shut him down for a bit, threw him out there for a few appearances, and he was on the shelf for the remainder of the season and will start 2017 on the DL as well. So if this is even remotely similar to the Carson Smith injury, why not just get Tommy John this year? Because now if Price is thrown out there and he gets hurt, you're not only going to miss him for 2017, but 2018 is in jeopardy as well.
But assuming this was just a minor injury that the Red Sox freaked out about, the Red Sox rotation is once again a top-3 staff in the MLB with Porcello, Price, and Sale. And that is SCARY for opponents, and eases the pain of losing David Ortiz in the middle of the lineup.