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David Price will stop playing Fortnite at field, but doesn't believe video games caused carpal tunnel syndrome

Ryan Hannable
May 10, 2018 - 5:34 pm

NEW YORK -- David Price doesn't believe playing video games caused him to be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, but said Thursday he will stop playing them at the park.

"I won't be playing at the field," the left-hander said when asked if playing the popular video game Fortnite will continue. "That's already caused enough noise. That's not the issue though, I promise you that."

Added Price: “If that was the cause of the problem, it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old. I have always played video games. I have always played with my teammates in the offseason, at the field, at the hotel. That is kind of my generation, that is what I do. If I need to shutdown video games, and pick up a new hobby, then so be it, but I don’t think that is the cause.”

Price will also take other preemptive measures, including brushing his teeth with his right hand.

"I'm going to sleep with a brace on," he said. "Doing stuff like that to make sure my wrist stays locked back and doesn't get bent up under me. Stuff like that. I'm just going to try and take the use out of my left hand out of a lot of I guess every day stuff that I would normally use it. This morning I brushed my teeth with my right hand just to not use my left. Stuff like that. Just keep an eye on it and make sure I don't use my left hand for everything like I usually do."

As for when the issue origninated, it's hard to say.

“This is just something that happened, you know, over time," Price said. "This didn’t stem from any one thing. I’m born in 1985, so that’s the video game’s generation. Being a Red Sox is the least amount of video games I’ve ever played being in Major League Baseball. It’s a very common thing, especially with my generation of that age. That’s when the video games really took off. It’s not something that just happened this year. This is a spot that I’ve always had to have work done. It just got a lot worse and really aggressive than it ever had. So, it’s something we can take care of. Just got a lot of different ways to combat it, and we’re doing a little bit of everything.”

It seems like the issue will never truly go away, it's just a matter of staying ahead of it and preventing what happened last weekend.

“It’s just kind of doing the same motion over and over and over," Price said. "It’s an area I’ve had to work on for as long as I can remember, to be honest. I’ve never had it get as bad as it was a couple of days ago. It hadn’t really gotten to that point, but we’re doing everything that we can right now, and I’m looking forward to Saturday, and feeling strong, and getting back out there to help us win.”