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Price out for rest of season with cyst in wrist

J.D., Mookie on mend; Travis undergoes concussion protocol
September 18, 2019

BOSTON -- The Red Sox rotation took another blow on Wednesday, as manager Alex Cora announced prior to his club’s game against the Giants that David Price would be shut down for the remainder of the season due to a cyst in his left wrist. “We’re going to see what’s

BOSTON -- The Red Sox rotation took another blow on Wednesday, as manager Alex Cora announced prior to his club’s game against the Giants that David Price would be shut down for the remainder of the season due to a cyst in his left wrist.

“We’re going to see what’s going on with the cyst and actually check his wrist; if there’s something else, we’ll take care of that,” Cora said. “It’s a head start to next year. It’s the smart thing to do. If we were one game up or in the hunt, he’d probably be pitching out of the bullpen like in ’17. It’s better off moving forward and getting right.”

The left-hander, whose last outing came on Sept. 1 following a near-month’s layoff due to the same issue, is the second starter, alongside Chris Sale, to have his season cut short.

Price is scheduled to see doctors in the coming days to determine the severity of the issue, as well as what steps he will need to take to get back, including any possible surgery that may be required. Additional testing could also reveal whether or not the current injury has anything to do with the hurler’s carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis last season.

“We know about the cyst, we know about the carpal tunnel syndrome last year," Cora said. "So, they’ll talk about it, see how he feels. Whatever they have to do to get him right, they’ll do it. He’ll see the doctors in the upcoming days, and whenever they decide if they have to do [surgery], probably they’ll do it before the season ends.”

Price, who missed a large portion of 2017 with elbow issues, finishes this season with a 7-5 record and 4.28 ERA in 22 starts.

J.D., Mookie still on the mend

While the news for his pitching staff was grim, Cora was hopeful in providing updates on J.D. Martinez (left groin tightness) and Mookie Betts (left foot inflammation).

“You always think about the health of the team,” Cora said. “With J.D. right now with the groin and Mookie with the foot, it’s not the best-case scenario, but at the same time, we do feel that everything we have information-wise, we should be OK.”

Cora noted that Betts did well in going through some light weight work on Wednesday, and though he doesn’t expect him to play on Thursday, he was hopeful that the outfielder could at least serve as the designated hitter when the team begins a series with the Rays on Friday.

Martinez was still feeling tightness and continues to receive treatments that will have him out through the remainder of the homestand, which ends on Thursday.

Wrong answer, right answer

Sam Travis will not be available as he enters concussion protocol after being hit in the head by a relay throw in Tuesday night's 7-6, 15-inning loss.

Cora explained that trainers had asked him what the count was prior to the play at third base and Travis could not recall, prompting the Red Sox to remove him from the game.

However, Travis did add a moment of levity to the situation on the walk back to the dugout, giving hope for a quick return.

Cora, who anticipated that Travis may by cleared by the weekend, explained that, “On the way to the dugout, he said something that I was like, 'He should be OK.' He actually said, 'Finally, I barreled a ball, after a month.' That’s why I laughed.”