Going into this three-game series against the New York Yankees, David Price was scheduled to start the middle game today for the Red Sox. Instead, he was scratched from his start and sent back to Boston because of a tingling sensation in his left hand. If you remember, in the last start Price made against the Yankees on April 11th, he had to depart after just one inning because of the same sort of discomfort in his pitching hand. In four starts since then, the lefty owns a 6.95 ERA in 22 innings pitched.
When Alex Cora announced that Price would not be starting on Wednesday, there was plenty of speculation on the reason why. Many assumed it was because of the Yankees and his shaky numbers against them. Others assumed it was because of another injury, like Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Well now, we know what it is that’s bothering Price.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. That’s right, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. As ridiculous as it sounds, that is what Alex Cora said on WEEI earlier. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Carpal Tunnel can be defined as, “a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve — is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.”
Now I’m no medical expert, but I’m pretty sure this is the thing people get when they spend too much time on their phones/computers/video game consoles? Regardless of how he got it, the Red Sox need David Price to be healthy. When healthy, Price is a top of the rotation type pitcher, which is something every team could use. People can forget pretty easily, but Price opened up this season by tossing two straight seven inning shutouts.
Alex Cora said he’s optimistic that Price will be able to rejoin the team on the road trip. Which would be ideal, because the Red Sox are down to just four starting pitchers. They do have options with Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez in the bullpen, but I’m sure they would prefer it if Price made his next start in Toronto.