Elbow soreness surfaced for David Price in spring training, and the initial expectation was that he would open the season on the DL and return soon after Opening Day, but Price did not debut in 2017 until the final week of May. Blister and fingernail woes arose in June and July before he returned to the DL with more elbow soreness prior to the non-waiver trade deadline. Price rehabbed back to the 25-man roster and closed 2017 as a reliever, which included two appearances out of the bullpen during the ALDS against Houston. In addition to 6.2 scoreless frames in the postseason, Price fared well overall when he was on the mound in 2017, with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP along with a 76:24 K:BB in 74.2 innings. An offseason of rest should afford him a clean bill of health when spring training begins, but Price enters Year 3 of his seven-year deal with Boston having plenty of concern about his ability to shoulder a 200-inning workload again.
Price said Tuesday that his left elbow is completely healthy heading into the upcoming season, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports. "I haven't had one instance this offseason, whether it was playing catch or doing anything on the field, where I was like, 'That doesn't feel right," Price said. The second season of Price's seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox was almost doomed from the start, as the southpaw reported soreness in his throwing elbow in spring training and was ultimately sidelined until late May. Upon returning to the mound, he struggled to find his All-Star form while fighting blister issues before the elbow soreness set in again, resulting in him being shut down for much of the second half before returning in September as a reliever. With a healthy offseason and a new manager in town in Alex Cora, Price noted that his mind is clear of the negativity that hounded him in 2017, but his ability to handle a heavy workload is a legitimate question following a tumultuous season full of fits and starts.