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David Price shows no ill effects from numbness, will start Tuesday for Red Sox

John Tomase
April 13, 2018 - 11:35 am

David Price let 'er rip during a long-toss session on Thursday afternoon and it was clear to observers he'd be fine to make his next start. Price didn't even need the reassurance.

Hours after leaving a 10-7 loss to the Yankees after just one inning with numbness in his left hand, Price was confident he'd be fine. The Red Sox announced after Thursday's 6-3 victory that Price will make his next start on Tuesday when the Red Sox open a series in Anaheim.

"I knew that (Thursday) morning whenever I woke up," Price said. "I knew it last night before I went to sleep. There was never any thought in my mind that last year reoccurred or anything like that. My hand was just literally numb and I couldn't feel it."

Red Sox fans understandably held their breath when Price departed. An elbow injury last year limited him to 11 starts and the Red Sox worked hard all spring to slowly ramp up his workload so he'd be ready to go this season. He was outstanding in his first two starts, throwing 14 shutout innings, but he allowed four runs on Wednesday.

Price offered to pitch out of the bullpen this weekend, but manager Alex Cora decided to push him back a day from his scheduled turn on Monday, because the weather on Patriots Day is supposed to be wretched.

"I told him I was fine for Monday or I could come back on Saturday or Sunday, go sit in the pen if needed," Price said. "I told him I'd go out there any one. He thought Tuesday would be better weather-wise. Monday looks really bad right now, so Tuesday is what he went with."

So what happened on Wednesday? Price isn't sure. He noted that he has always had circulatory issues in the cold.

"I talked to the doctors last night," he said. "They talked about a couple different things that we could try. It's something I've always had, even whenever I was a little kid. My hands and my feet are two things that are always cold. Whenever it's cold outside, it intensifies that."

Price is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in three starts.

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