David Price has been placed on the disabled list with an elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to July 25. Rick Porcello will start in his place tonight with Eduardo Rodriguez starting on Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday. Lefty reliever Robby Scott has been recalled from Pawtucket to take Price’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Price was first reported by Dan Shaughnessy to have a “barking” elbow, and Buster Olney later reported that Price received an MRI yesterday. It is suspected that the elbow issues are similar to those which caused Price to start the year on the DL: a sore forearm and strained elbow. He avoided surgery for the malady at the time. It’s unclear what his prognosis is at the moment.
It has been a tough year for Price in a lot of ways. While, at times, he has pitched well, he is currently 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and a 63/22 K/BB ratio in 66 innings across 11 starts. His walk rate and hit rate is up. In his last start Price was knocked around for six runs — five earned — in five innings against the Angels.
Price has also been the subject of controversy due to multiple run-ins with the Boston media. Most recently he has taken heat after Shaughnessy reported the details of an incident Price had with Dennis Eckersley on the Sox team plane in June. That incident and his elbow are obviously separate things, but that’s not stopping the talk radio from people using the report of Price’s elbow to question his fortitude. Which is dumb, even if it is predictable given how Boston talk radio tends to go. If you want to question Price’s character, fine, but to suggest that it’s related to his health is a silly way to go about it.
Whatever you think of all of that, this is bad news for the Red Sox, who are a half game up on the Yankees in the AL East and who could use the David Price they had hoped they were getting when they signed him to a seven-year, $217 million contract before last season.