Tampa Bay just announced that David Price will not make his scheduled start tomorrow due to “general soreness” in his shoulder.
Chris Archer, the International League strikeout leader who was just called up from Triple-A, will take his place against the Rangers.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times both Price and executive vice president Andrew Friedman are saying that the skipped turn in the rotation is precautionary and for now at least he’s penciled in to face the Yankees next weekend.
Or as Friedman put it: “We feel confident it is not a major situation.”
Price is 17-5 with a 2.54 ERA and 175/54 K/BB ratio in 181 innings this season and led the league with 34 starts last year.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.