BOSTON — David Price was bothered by a cracked nail on his middle finger on Saturday night, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday morning, clearing up some vague comments from Price after his start.
The nail problem developed during Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Angels. It’s unclear at this point if Price will throw his regular side session before his next start. Either way, Farrell said everything points to Price making that next appearance.
“He had a little bit of a fingernail issue that he was starting to feel, and while I thought he was still very strong last night, I felt like we had a chance to hopefully stay ahead of something more severe taking place,” Farrell said. “So he's dealing with a little bit of a cracked nail on that middle finger, not the same finger in which the blister has appeared on.
“This is something that he's dealt with in the past. Knows that it can lead to something that might affect him more. So to take him out of the game at that time rather than risk further cracking of the nail and further severity to the way it feels.”
A blister Price dealt with this month developed on his ring finger.
Price talked about his removal after six innings against the Angels as a decision made with the long term in mind, and hinted at something physically bothering him. He was at 103 pitches with three runs, two earned, allowed.
"There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” Price said Saturday night. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did."
Despite the nail, Price showed much better command than he has lately, and his velocity has been very strong — better than one could have expected coming back from an elbow injury that took away the first two months of the season.
John Farrell can add another job to his resume.
The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.
The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.
Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.
In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!
The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!
After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning.
The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.
No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.
The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."