The Boston Red Sox have one of the best starting rotations in baseball, as long as everyone stays healthy. They might not even make it to Opening Day with full health, though.
Red Sox pitcher David Price is dealing with elbow soreness, manager John Farrell told reporters Thursday at spring training.
Price already had an MRI on the elbow and won’t make his first spring training start, which was scheduled for Sunday. The extent of the injury is still unclear and perhaps unknown, but it sounds like there’s at least some long-term concern.
The Red Sox planned to have Price make the Sunday start after he pitched in a sim game earlier in the week, which is when he started feeling discomfort, Farrell told reporters Thursday.
Farrell also told reporters Price has experienced discomfort in his forearm and is expected to seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. That sentence isn’t one that usually bodes well for the player in question, but the Red Sox will have to wait and see … and hold their breath.
The Red Sox likely will have to lean even harder on Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, the other front-line starting pitchers in their rotation. But with unanswered injury questions about Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez, the Boston rotation — figured to be the strength of the club — now has a lot of obvious question marks.
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