Red Sox starter David Price will not make his scheduled start tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium.
In fact, he won’t even be in New York, as the numbness in his left hand has reportedly returned, forcing the Red Sox to send Price home to Boston to undergo further testing, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich.
The 32-year-old Price recently opened up to CHNI Boston Sport’s Chris Mason about his lifelong battle with circulation issues, saying that he simply couldn’t feel his fingertips the first time these issues popped up this season, with a one-inning showing against the Bombers on a frigid Boston night on Apr. 11.
Price was knocked around in his last outing, too, with six hits, two walks, and seven earned runs allowed in 3.2 innings of work against the Rangers. Overall, Price has taken losses in three straight starts, and heads back to Boston with a 2-4 record and hitters posting a .255 batting average against him this season. Price’s 1.41 WHIP is also the highest of his career to date, largely powered by the 16 walks Price has allowed through just 37 innings pitched to date.
Rick Porcello will get start in place of Price on Wednesday, and with first place in the American League East potentially on the line depending on how tonight’s series opening head-to-head at Yankee Stadium goes for the Sox.
The Red Sox enter this crucial series holding a one-game lead over the Yanks for first in the division.