That vaunted Boston Red Sox rotation might be missing a key piece come the start of the season.

David Price underwent a MRI on Thursday after experiencing tightness in his elbow and forearm. The results of the MRI aren’t known as of now, however, a second opinion is being sought from renowned Tommy John surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, according to manager John Farrell.

And as anyone knows, if Andrews’ eminent opinion and expertise is sought out, things can’t be all that good.

Farrell was interviewed after Price was pulled from a simulation game and tried to soften a potential blow: “We’re taking every precaution. Yes, we are concerned, as we would be with any player. There’s a couple things. We’ve got a little bit of history with David and what his progression through spring training has been. He’s battled this seemingly in every spring training. We will acknowledge that this one has got a little bit more intensity to it. That’s why we’re taking every step and scratching him for Sunday.”

Price was expected to anchor a formidable starting trio that includes Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and newly acquired former White Sox ace Chris Sale.

He has been extremely durable most of his career, throwing over 200 innings six times in nine seasons, including a high of 230 in 2016 when he posted a 17-9 record.