Five Red Sox question marks for the 2018 season
By Rick McNair
The next question mark is David Price who had issues with his forearm/elbow and missed some significant time. Price has tossed a world of innings with his left arm and wear and tear become an issue. When one brings up “elbow” that is generally connected to eventual Tommy John surgery.
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The good news on Price was twofold. The first was Price’s exceptional effort in the playoffs. The second is it was the playoffs and that could mean that Price has finally tossed aside his less than spectacular playoff performances.
Spring training will be interesting as Price will be a story of considerable interest. A return to even 2016 form could solidify the Red Sox rotation and with the Wright/Rodriguez question marks that could be crucial.
Price is cautious with his body and is well-known for being physically prepared for the season. The Red Sox know that with a $217 Million contract caution is the best path, but with all those innings in Price’s left arm it is easy to worry and expect the worst.
PREDICTION: Price appears to be making a transition from an overpowering pitcher to a smoother and stealthier hurler. Do not expect the 98+ MPH fastballs from the playoffs. I also see a Masahiro Tanaka type scenario happening. When 100% almost unbeatable and when not very hittable. Anything above 25 starts will be a plus.