The Boston Red Sox are leaning toward ending lefty ace David Price’s season early.
Price went on the injured list last month for a cyst in his left wrist. The 34-year-old got a cortisone shot six weeks ago and said he hoped it would “blow it up” and clear the cyst without any surgery.
“Honestly, it feels like most likely we’re going to shut him down,” manager Alex Cora said Tuesday, via the Boston Herald. “But we have to go through the whole process and see how David feels about it.”
His last two appearances were Aug. 4 and Sept. 1. Price has had trouble throwing anything but fastballs and Cora noted a loss of command when he was on the mound.
“This guy is too important to us to just throw him out there with just a fastball,” Cora said, via the Herald. “We’ll address it and see what the next step is with it.”
Team officials planned to speak to Price on Tuesday, per the Herald, and decide on potential surgery on the wrist. It is the same wrist that suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome last year and gave fans a scare when he exited a May game early for what ended up being flu symptoms.
The reigning World Series champion Red Sox are all but officially eliminated from the postseason and with two weeks until the regular season finale, Price can get a start on rehab for 2020.
If Price has seen his final pitches this season, he’ll end the year with a 4.28 ERA in 107.1 innings and a 7-5 record. Next year will be the fifth of a seven-year, $217 million contract in Boston for the 12-year veteran.
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