Boston Red Sox left-handed starting pitcher David Price has unfortunately pitched for the final time during the 2019 MLB season, having been shut down due to having a cyst in his left wrist. For Price, this season-ending injury marks the end to his tumultuous season, which has been a testament to how the Red Sox have performed so far this year too.
Having experienced a bit of a World Series hangover, the Red Sox have been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention already, with their rivals, the New York Yankees, getting those fruitful rights recently. With Price now sitting down for the remainder of the season, this team can now throw a few of their other arms out there in hopes to get them some time in the starting rotation.
With the team out of playoff contention already, there is no need to rush Price’s return, even with the chance that he could return if his recovery timeline was expedited. Price now joins fellow left-handed starting pitcher Chris Sale on the injury list, which hopefully will lead to both arms being well-rested and ready to make their appearance back in the playoffs.
Having been shut down earlier this season due to the same injury, Price’s last start of the season came on the first day of September, made 22 total starts in 2019. Pitching to the record of seven wins against five losses, Price’s 4.28 ERA is quite high when compared to his career numbers that have made him so successful.
2018 was an impressive and healthy season for Price, but apparently he chooses the odd years to experience injuries, as he had elbow issues ramp up in 2017 that gave him fits and kept him from putting a very successful season together.
In a season that has already been thrown into the garbage, the Red Sox continue to still experience injuries to their star core, and with luxury tax issues coming up very quickly, this team may look quite different on Opening Day in 2020.