This afternoon, the Boston Red Sox placed starting pitcher David Price on the injured list with left elbow tendinitis. This is the first trip to the injured list this season for Price, but anytime the injury revolves around a pitching elbow there is cause for concern.
Price’s placement on the injured list comes at a terrible time for Boston. He has arguably been their best and most consistent starter on the 2019 season. The Sox are finally playing good baseball and removing a guy like Price from the currently suspect rotation is not the best.
Price’s injury is similar to Nathan Eovaldi’s in the fact that it exposes Boston’s lack of starting pitching depth. The difference between the two is that Price is a horse that the Sox count on every fifth day. Based on Eovaldi’s career, it could be assumed that at some point during the year he would take a visit to the IL. Price though? He had the elbow issue two years ago, but other than that he has been one of the healthier starters in baseball.
Hopefully for Boston they will be able to ride their offense on the days that people like Josh Smith start (tonight). Michael Chavis has brought a great spark to the lineup, and guys like Mookie Betts are finally starting to hit. That’s why Price’s injury has happened at the worst time.
Having a pitcher like Price start games while the offense is hot gives them a great chance of winning. Now, there are days where they are going to have to rely completely on that offense. An offense that has looked lost for the majority of 2019.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)