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According to reports, David Price will be day-to-day with a left wrist contusion. The X-rays came back negative and Price seems optimistic about making his next start. On the other hand, manager Alex Cora said he may miss his next scheduled start, which is against the Atlanta Braves, a game he would have to hit as well as pitch in.
Price first suffered this injury Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins. Facing off against Austin Dean, Price took a 102 mph comebacker directly off his left wrist. While he was able to cover the base on the deflected ball, Price was clearly in a good amount of pain. Right after the play, he grabbed his wrist, which was clearly discolored. He went straight to the clubhouse with what the team initially called a “left wrist contusion”.
This injury could not come at a worse time for David Price. With Chris Sale out with a shoulder injury, Price has served as the team’s top ace, and has pitched fantastically. Prior to his start against the Marlins, Price owned a 1.09 ERA, 2.34 FIP, and an 8.7 K/9 rate. His most impressive game during that stretch came against the Cleveland Indians, when Price threw eight scoreless innings. After that game, he said he was “the pitcher that Boston signed.”
Despite leaving the game, Price was seen in the dugout later on in the matchup. During the Red Sox ridiculous 11-run inning, NESN cameras caught Price enjoying the rally alongside his teammates.
As of now, there is nothing overwhelmingly concerning about this. Obviously, it could have been much worse and he should miss just a single start (or have it moved back) at the most. It will be interesting to see if this lingers but, as of now, it seems Price got away relatively unscathed.