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David Price exits start after being hit on wrist by line drive

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Red Sox pitcher David Price left Wednesday evening’s start against the Marlins after being hit by an Austin Dean line drive in the top of the third inning. The Red Sox were trailing 3-1 and had runners on first and second with two outs when Dean hit an 0-2, 87 MPH change-up back up the middle, deflecting off of Price’s left wrist towards first baseman Steve Pearce. Pearce flipped to Price who narrowly beat Dean to the first base bag for the final out of the inning. Price did not return for the fourth inning as Hector Velázquez relieved him.

Per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox are calling Price’s injury a left wrist contusion. He will be evaluated further. The club should have an update during or after Wednesday’s game.

In his three innings of work, Price yielded the three runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He now carries a 3.60 ERA on the season with 152 strikeouts and 41 walks in 152 1/3 innings.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.