Price confident he will make next start

Left-hander exited after four-run first due to numb hand

April 11th, 2018

BOSTON -- What originally felt alarming -- being removed from Wednesday's eventual 10-7 loss to the Yankees after just one inning due to a sensation in his left hand -- seemed like no big deal by the end of the night.
"David, as you guys know, he was feeling some issues with his hand," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "As you guys know, we've been trying to take care of [the starting pitchers] from the get-go. As soon as he mentioned it to [pitching coach] Dana [LeVangie], we took him out. They were looking at him inside.
"Tomorrow he's going to come back, most likely he's going to try to play catch and go from there, but it seems like he should be fine as of now. But tomorrow we re-evaluate him and we go from there."
Price is confident that it he will make his next scheduled start. The lefty thinks the scare was caused by his hand not responding well to another bitterly-cold night at Fenway Park. It was 42 degrees at first pitch with a 13-mph wind.
"It's all right," Price said. "I'll play catch tomorrow and get ready for my next start."
It was clear something was wrong with Price the way he labored through the first inning, throwing 35 pitches and giving up four runs.
"My whole hand," said Price. "Didn't have any feeling in my fingertips. It was something I've felt before but it didn't go away."
Price had no doubt he would be clear to resume throwing on Thursday.
"I'm playing catch," Price said. "I threw a couple of baseballs in the eighth inning upstairs against the wall. My hand was thawed out from earlier and I felt fine."
One thing Price wanted to emphasize is that this had nothing to do with his left elbow injuries from last season, when he was limited to just 11 starts.
"I had no pain. I have no pain," said Price. "Even when I came in and did all the stuff with the doctors I still had no pain. It was tough. Those guys didn't quit. They continued to battle. That was a very good sign. It stinks to not extend our winning streak like that, but we'll move on and get them tomorrow."
Price had fired 14 scoreless innings in his first two starts before getting roughed up by (two-run triple) and (two-run homer) in Wednesday's start.
"The only time you feel really helpless on the mound are times like that, whenever you can't feel the baseball. That's unfortunate. It stinks," said Price. "My hand never really warmed up. My arm felt fine. My arm felt really good. I had no clue where it was going."