Price shared what the doctors said, "That I have a very unique elbow. I’ve heard that before but not from guys that have done the surgeries that they’ve done and looked at as many elbows they’ve looked at. Just to hear it from those two guys felt good."
He further stated that the doctors were relieved at what they saw in his arm and that it was in a muscle, not in a ligament.
"They expected it to be a lot worse than what it was. That was both of them. They said it multiple times; we expected this to be a lot worse than what it really is. Everything that they said, honestly, couldn’t of … I don’t feel like that meeting could have went any better."
So that is the good news.
When pressed on what happened Tuesday when Price threw his simulation game, he provides some insights in to how this happens every Spring.
"Nothing (happened) out of the ordinary. It’s something I expect to happen every spring training. I expect to feel that little pop in there. Whenever that happens, I’m good to go. It’s something I always tell the trainers every spring training, I’m just waiting for that pop. Whenever that pop happens, I’m ready to go. It was in my warm-up pitches before my sim game. I threw two innings in the sim game, 35-40 pitches, and threw the ball extremely well. It didn’t hinder my two innings out there or anything like that. Came in after I had the sim game and did all my [postgame exercises]. For it to not affect any of that, that was good.”
The normal progression for Price in Spring Training is to work towards his elbow to pop, which for him means that he is loose and ready to go all out.
"It’s just whenever you go through the offseason and you’re not throwing every day, you gave stuff that, it’s going to build up in your arm. That’s everybody in here. That’s position players as well. I have a lot more mileage on my arm than a lot of guys. That stuff happens."
The mileage on Price's arm is not something to sniff at either.
He has 1671.2 innings pitched over nine seasons in the Majors, with six of those years being seasons of +200 innings pitched. That is a real work horse, something you don't often see in pitchers these days.
With the Red Sox on the hook for six more years of Price's seven year contract at $217 million, this is deeply concerning.
After the game on Friday, John Farrell presented their case.
"He is on his way back," Farrell said of Price. "No surgery, no ... injection of any kind. The approach we're going to take with him is he'll receive medication and treatment in the next seven to 10 days. We'll re-evaluate him at that time."
One is only left to wonder how long Price will need if he is cleared to resume throwing after 10 days or later if there is not enough recovery in his arm. He would need at least a week to build arm strength, if not more, before he could throw in a Spring Training game. It would also make sense that the Red Sox error on the side of conservative when bringing him back, so he would most likely have to be fully stretched out before they would allow him to pitch in the regular season.
What would the Red Sox rotation look like with Price starting the season on the disabled list?
The depth in starting pitchers would indicate, if they all return without problems from their own 2016 season injuries (Steven Wright - shoulder, Drew Pomeranz - arm, Eduardo Rodriguez - shoulder), that they would no longer have to fight for two spots. The Red Sox would break camp with all three of those starters in the rotation with Chris Sale and Rick Porcello.
The worries are not over, everyone will be watching Price's recovery very closely and on through the remainder of this season.
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell