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Is David Price's carpal tunnel related to playing Fortnite?

Ryan Hannable
May 09, 2018 - 6:00 pm

NEW YORK -- It seems like a silly thing to wonder, but the question had to be asked.

David Price was scheduled to pitch Wednesday night in New York, but he was scratched and went back to Boston on Monday to get testing done on his fingers after feeling some discomfort following throwing a bullpen in Texas on Sunday. On Wednesday, it was announced Price has a mild case of carpal tunnel.

One of the most popular things in the Red Sox' clubhouse this year besides baseball has been playing the video game Fortnite, which was detailed in a recent feature by The Athletic's Jen McCaffrey.

Price is one of the most involved players, so during Alex Cora's pregame press conference, the manager was asked if Price will be told to stop playing the game?

“When he comes here tomorrow, we’ll talk about it," Cora said. "We’ll talk with Brad [Pearson, trainer] and see where we’re at. From what I know, David has played video games his whole life. It seems like Fortnite now is the one everybody is playing, but last year, I saw a lot of guys playing FIFA. That’s a lot of playing, too. So, there’s a lot of teams playing Fortnite, too.

"We’ll talk about it tomorrow.”

Earlier in the press conference, Cora said he didn't believe Price's condition has anything to do with the video game.

"It can happen in different ways," he said. "Like I said earlier today, it is about repetition and I don’t know, you throw bullpens, you throw off of flat ground, you throw games, you make adjustments with pitches. I don’t know, the only thing we know is it’s this and, for me, this is quote unquote good news compared to thinking about something [else]."

Price will return to the team Thursday and throw. If he ends up by throwing a bullpen and all goes well, he could potentially start Saturday in Toronto.

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