Red Sox: David Price going on the Injured List is damaging to momentum

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout after being pulled from the game in the second inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on October 6, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout after being pulled from the game in the second inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on October 6, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price has been placed on the 10-day Injured list. This hurts the Red Sox in the short term and  long term

The Boston Red Sox announced that left-handed pitcher David Price is going on the 10-day Injured List with left elbow tendinitis. This does hurt them in many ways after the beatdown they gave to the Chicago White Sox this weekend.

Price also dealt with inflammation in his left elbow during the 2017 season that caused him to miss some time. Price is one of those pitchers who the Red Sox need in big game situations. His season so far has been solid, going 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA, but it could be a lot better. Out of all the starters, Price has been the best one so far.

The Red Sox have called up right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Price’s spot on the roster. The pitchers expected to fill in for Price are Josh SmithHector Velazquez, and Weber, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive. With Price only expected to miss one or two starts these three won’t be used much.

They don’t need any more of their starters missing time. The Sox placed Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day IL for loose bodies in his right elbow, now Price is on the shelf. It seemed like they were just starting to get their act together, moving to within a game of .500. This also puts more pressure on the bullpen.

With starters missing, they’ll have to come into games sooner which could hurt them in the short term. They don’t want to lose too many games this month after the terrible start to the season. The bullpen will have to step up, they don’t really have a choice.  It was reported this afternoon that the Price is confident he’ll only miss a start or two. Also, it’s not even close to the injury he had two years ago.

The offense will have to step up too. Michael Chavis is proving lately he belongs in the big leagues with his bat. The rest of the lineup is starting to come around too hopefully after their hitting this past weekend they can keep it going. The rest of the starters will also have to step it up, Chris Sale got his first win the other night and it needs to keep going with two guys on the injured list.

He can’t afford to go on the injured list either or they’d really be screwed with their starting pitching staff. The starting rotation right now consists of Sale, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Velazquez. It’s definitely a rotation in shambles but it’s also one that is finding its confidence with each start.

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It’s great news that this is only a short term injury and it doesn’t feel like a long term one. The Sox need him to be at his best later in the season and in the postseason. Besides their slow start, they should make the playoffs.  Price has won the fans and media back by pitching well in October and winning a championship. I’d hate to see him take steps back because of injury. Hopefully, when he does come back he’s dominant and helps the team win.