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Price feeling better, in 'much better spirits' about elbow injury

Price feeling better, in 'much better spirits' about elbow injury

The news of David Price's elbow injury -- which was treated as a sign of the apocalypse in some corners of Red Sox Nation when it was announced this morning -- has suddenly taken a turn for the better.

First, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe Tweeted that the injury might not be a serious as first sounded:

Abraham also said Price is "not despondent," an emotion you might expect from a pitcher who thought he needed elbow surgery:

And then there was more good news after the Red Sox' exhibition victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal:

Price will still be getting a second medical opinion on Friday. Manager John Farrell said after the game that results of the first MRI were "inconclusive". Farrell said the first MRI did show swelling and some fluid buildup.

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.