Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price tweeted that he feels great following Monday’s bullpen session, but has no more to say to the media.
Rehabbing Boston Red Sox starter David Price feels great and that’s all we need to know.
Or at least that’s all he’s going to tell us. Price, who is working his way back from elbow soreness that shut him down early in spring training, typically meets with the media following his bullpen sessions to provide an update on his progress. Not this time.
Instead, Price took to Twitter for a more informal “meeting” with the media. He first confirmed that he threw 45 pitches in Monday’s bullpen session, which were broken up into three stints of 15 pitches with an eight minute rest in between. The idea was to simulate the experience of essentially three innings of work.
Price quickly followed with another tweet stating that he’s feeling great after his latest session, while directing any follow up questions to “manager John.”
That’s it, that’s all we’re going to get from the man with the $217 million arm. While Red Sox Nation anxiously awaits even the tiniest tidbit of news regarding the progress of their star pitcher, it doesn’t appear Price has any interest in discussing his rehab at the moment.
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Price has been accused of being “too sensitive” for a town like Boston, so those critics will surely be lining up now to chastise him for his lack of communication. Is he boycotting the media? Is he frustrated with the barrage of questions about his health constantly coming at him from reporters whose job it is to ask? Did the bullpen session actually not go so well, so he’s avoiding any conversation about it for fear of the media spinning it into a doomsday scenario about his season potentially being over?
Those are all possibilities, I suppose. Here’s a simpler one. Price isn’t speaking to the media because he doesn’t have anything else to say. I mean, what more is there to say? He provided specifics of what his session entailed and confirmed that he walked away without a setback. We got all of that from two quick messages of 140 characters or less.
What difference would it make if he said the exact same thing with a crowd of reporters sticking microphones in his face? Any follow-up questions asking him to elaborate would be brushed aside or replied to with canned responses about taking his rehab one step at a time and doing everything he can to get back on the mound to help this team.
Price has always been one of the most active athletes on social media, so it’s no surprise that he would use Twitter as an outlet to provide an update. It may be unorthodox, but let’s not blow this out of proportion.
We still don’t know when Price will be ready to take the mound again for the Red Sox, or even if it will happen at all this season. Price doesn’t know yet either, so there’s no sense in sending him out there to field questions he can’t answer.
When Price knows more about his progress, he’ll tell us. Probably on Twitter, so make sure you’re following him!