David Price Will Not Need Surgery, Strasburg Stretch

After consulting with two highly respected orthopedic doctors, David Price, the star pitcher for the Boston Red Sox will not need an injection or surgery on his left arm, said team officials.

On Thursday, Price flew to Indianapolis so Dr. Neal ElAttrache and James Andrews, who both were attending the NFL Combine, could examine his arm.

On Saturday, Price was expected to return to Fort Myers, Florida home of the spring training complex of Boston.

Boston manager John Farrell announced that the findings were a best case scenario for both the team and Price, who will now rest and receive treatments for 7 to 10 days.

At this time it is not known when the veteran southpaw will start throwing again.  Farrell said the exam turned out positive given how much concern the team had just a few days ago.

Farrell added that Price would be given treatment and medication for up to 10 days and then be re-evaluated.

On Wednesday, Price felt pain in his left forearm and elbow a day after he threw a 38-pitch, two inning simulated game.

Price had been scheduled to make his spring training debut on Sunday but was scratched. An MRI was taken of Price’s arm which showed fluid and swelling near his ulnar collateral ligament.

Nationals Stephen Strasburg Stays With the Stretch

Stephen Strasburg did not use the windup for any of his 23 pitches in Washington’s loss in 10 innings to the St. Louis Cardinals.

It was Strasburg’s first outing of spring training. Strasburg said he was not trying to reinvent himself as a pitcher, but trying to only simplify things so he can repeat his mechanics.

He added that as he became older the windup was an issue related to being able to find the right feeling on the mound and not drifting too much either toward or away from first base.

The idea to pitch from the stretch came to Strasburg after he watched Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians.

He spoke with Mike Maddux his pitching coach about it when spring training started.

Strasburg hopes to repeat his fine start of last season when he finished 15-4 in 24 starts but pitched just 147 innings after partially tearing a muscle in his elbow.

 


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