The Red Sox' peaceful -- if artistically unsatisfying (1-5 exhibition record) -- spring received a huge jolt Thursday morning.
Manager John Farrell said David Price will undergo a second MRI for soreness in his elbow and forearm that occured in the last few days, and that the team is concerned:
David Price had MRI on elbow will get 2nd opinion will not make next start— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) March 2, 2017
John Farrell said elbow soreness more than in past and they are concerned— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) March 2, 2017
The worst news, however, is that Price is expected to see Dr. James Andrews for an opinion. Lou Merloni expressed those fears for everyone . . .
As good as Dr Andrews is at his craft, I hate when I hear his name. I think we all know where this is headed.— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) March 2, 2017
Andrews is a renowned surgeon, and surgeons generally (though not always) recommend surgery.
Lou also seems red flags in the "second opinion" portion of the annoucement . . .
When you need/want a second opinion.....it's only because you hated the first opinion.— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) March 2, 2017
Suddenly, the Red Sox' deep starting rotation doesn't look quite as deep. And the trade of Clay Buchholz isn't looking like such the "addition-by-subtraction" bargain that many of Buchholz's detractors were celebrating a month or two ago.