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The Boston Red Sox are headed into their biggest series of the season against the New York Yankees, and they’ll be playing without their highest-paid starter. Left-handed pitcher David Price, initially slated to start Wednesday’s matchup against New York, has been removed from the starting rotation with a hand injury. This injury stems from an earlier outing in which Price lost feeling in his hand.
David Price sent home. Scratched from tomorrow's start. The numbness in his hand has come back. Getting tested. Rick Porcello pitching instead.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 8, 2018
BREAKING: David Price scratched from lineup with hand injury
As previously mentioned, this is the second time that Price has struggled with numbness in his left hand. After starting the season with two incredible starts, Price suffered a hand injury on April 11th against the New York Yankees. He tried to pitch through it but ultimately left the game after just one inning.
This isn’t the first time Price struggled with his hand injury, as a similar situation occurred in 2015 when the southpaw was a member of the Detroit Tigers. However, in the past, the issue didn’t linger. Price’s last five starts since the hand injury have been ugly, as he posted an 8.22 ERA since the aforementioned Yankees start. Hopefully a short amount of time off will fix what ails Price, but obviously, only time will tell. Price will return to Boston to undergo further testing for his hand symptoms. Red Sox Unfiltered will have more as this story develops.
Rick Porcello, initially slated to start Thursday, moves up one day in the rotation to fill Price’s spot. Boston has not yet announced who will start Thursday’s matchup. Eduardo Rodriguez is the most likely candidate, although the team could use Hector Velazquez or Brian Johnson.