After a shaky start to the season that included a stint on the DL with carpel tunnel syndrome (which may or may not have been caused by a Fortnite addiction), David Price appears to be back to his old self. He hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in each of his last four starts, striking out 27 batters over that stretch and walking just ten.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that his rivalry with the local Boston media seems destined to continue.
During Monday afternoon’s Memorial Day game against the Blue Jays, Price took a Yangervis Solarte line drive right in the chest. It was a bit of a scary moment, but Price seemed to be okay. When asked about it after the game, Price sarcastically quipped that he couldn’t have been hurt that badly.
“You know me, I’m the softest guy in this clubhouse,” Price said sarcastically, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI. “If that bothered me, I would have been out of the game. I’m soft. It wasn’t painful. I’m fine. If it was painful, I would have come out.”
Price was seen look down at his throwing hand the next inning after a lead-off walk to Kevin Pillar and three straight balls to Russell Martin. He complained of “numbness” in his hand before his previously mentioned trip to the disabled list, so the Red Sox were obviously concerned.
“For me, whenever I see him playing with the baseball and kind of moving his fingers, my heart stops,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “I just wanted to make sure it was fine. I went out there and what he said, he said it with a lot of conviction, so I had to step it up and let him finish what he had to do.”
Price’s comments were obviously aimed at Boston reporters who have been quick to criticize his performance after he signed a seven-year, $217 million contract ahead of the 2016 season. They have questioned his toughness and durability at times, especially during his latest hand issues.
Price claims to not read tweets or articles about him, but he clearly knows everything that is being said. Maybe he should develop a slightly thicker skin. Or just keep giving sarcastic answers to reporters, because that’s more entertaining.