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Price explains 'self-healing' elbow, says recent injury is in 'lower triceps'

Price explains 'self-healing' elbow, says recent injury is in 'lower triceps'

CLEVELAND -- For the first time since he was hurt in spring training, David Price gave some detail as to what’s going on with his elbow injury — and what he meant when he said he has a “unique” elbow.

Speaking to Ken Rosenthal of the The Athletic, Price said that his arm injury most recently is  “kind of the lower triceps -- that’s where I felt it.” 

“It wasn’t pain,” Price said via Rosenthal. “And it was only on an off-speed pitch. The days that I played catch in Seattle (before his second trip to the DL), I could throw as hard as I wanted with the fastball, and it was fine. But when I spun a breaking ball or threw a changeup, that’s when I felt it.”

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When Price was hurt for the first time in 2017, back in spring training, he visited a pair of renowned surgeons and came back to Florida with news that he had a unique elbow. He did not detail what that meant, except to say if he were younger, he could have gone under the knife.

Price said at the time he didn't know what his injury was

Apparently, his unique elbow involves a self-healing quality.

“It heals itself,” Price said of his elbow. “It lays down bone on my ligament. It calcifies and turns into bone.”

Dr. James Andrews, who examined Price, explained the situation to Rosenthal as a generality, not with specifics to Price.

“Repeated stress to the ligament over its attachment below the joint causes a gradual pulling reaction that over time forms what we call a traction spur,” Andrews said. “It pulls on it and instead of pulling off, it has a healing response with calcification and eventually bone formation. The bone that forms protrudes up into the ligament. You can say that the actual ligament turns into bone as it progresses.”

Price is in Boston as the Red Sox play the Indians in Cleveland. He threw out to 90 feet on Tuesday from flat ground and was scheduled to throw again from flat ground on Wednesday.

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Opt-out clauses, and outfield playing time, swayed Martinez

Opt-out clauses, and outfield playing time, swayed Martinez

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox were able to land J.D. Martinez because of more than just the dollars. The two opt-outs in the deal -- one after Year 2 and another after Year 3 -- are really what came out of the protracted negotiations.

The inclusion of the opt out after Year 2, in particular, was a tipping point, and something the Red Sox weren’t willing to do right off the bat. The dollars the Sox were willing to spend never greatly changed. Martinez's deal could be worth as much as $110 million and go for as long as five years.

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Another important element to Martinez, not to be overlooked: Martinez has also been told he will indeed get some outfield time, a baseball source said Wednesday. The Sox have a full regular outfield with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts. But injuries happen, Bradley and Benintendi could occasionally sit against lefties and manager Alex Cora wants to keep guys as fresh as possible.

The high average annual value of Martinez’s deal, $50 million over the first two years if he opts out -- or $71.25 million over three years if he opts out after year three -- give Martinez a chance for even greater earning potential. A potentially short commitment can be good for the Sox as well.

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Martinez gets Price's seal of approval

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Martinez gets Price's seal of approval

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- J.D. Martinez was at the Red Sox’ facility on Wednesday, and a press conference to introduce him could come later in the day (or possibly Thursday). NBC Sports Boston analyst Lou Merloni reported manager Alex Cora has given up his No. 28 for Martinez.

David Price was teammates with Martinez in Detroit, and had high remarks about the Red Sox soon-to-be DH on Wednesday morning.

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“Great teammate. Great player obviously. Tons of power,” Price said. “Being with him in Detroit in 2014 and the first half of 2015, watching the way he swung the bat and just power to all fields. He really took after Miggy’s [Miguel Cabrera’s] approach when he was in Detroit and it did wonders for him. He’s going to drive the ball to right field, right center, if the pitcher makes a mistake with the breaking ball he’s going to hit that to left field. So he’s fun to watch, a great dude, a really good acquisition.”

Price believes Martinez can handle Boston’s scrutiny.

“Yeah. You got my vote,” Price said. “He’s different than me. So it’s good.

“Go play baseball. Just go be yourself. Go be the hitter he’s been ever since I think it was 2014 when he had that breakout season in Detroit. He’s a great dude. He’s quiet. He’s going to go about his business and he’s going to hit a lot of homers for us.”

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