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Price doesn't believe pressure of contract, No. 1 spot is source of struggles

Price doesn't believe pressure of contract, No. 1 spot is source of struggles

NEW YORK -- With some help from Dustin Pedroia, David Price believes he may have found the physical reason for his early-season struggles.

But Price knows one thing -- he's not struggling because of anything mental.

When the Red Sox starter was asked whether part of his poor start could be traced to, consciously or not, trying too hard to justify his $217 million contract, he was certain with his answer.

"Honestly, I don't think so,'' said Price. "I really don't. I don't think about the amount of money that I make. Every 14 days, when you get paid, I don't know what my paycheck looks like. I'm not going to ask my agent. I'm not going to sit down and do the math. I don't spend money. I don't live a lavish lifestyle. I wear free Jordan stuff to the field every day.

''The money that I spend is probably on Amazon, and that's stuff that I need for the house and stuff like that. I'm the same guy. I'm not going to let my struggles affect me. The money that I make, I'm not going to change. I can't change. I love this game. I put everything that I have into it.''

Nor, Price added, does he feel burdened or pressured to be the No. 1 guy who can lead a staff. That's familiar territory for him.

"That's the guy I've been since I was 14 years old,'' said Price. "I've been looked at as that guy for as long I can remember. That's not new to me. That's the norm. That's something I feel like I've always been able to handle. I'm not pitching well right now, but I don't think it's because of that.

"I haven't pitched well. I know that I will. I know that my teammates and coaching staff, they have that confidence in me to able to turn it around. This is the worst seven-game stretch I've ever had in my career. For me, I know it's got to be better. It can't get any worse than right now.''

That said, it's clear that Price is unhappy with how the early stage of his Red Sox career has gone.

"It's tough,'' he acknowledged. "This is definitely a time period where I wanted to throw the baseball well. To come here and not pitch the way that I know I'm capable of, with a new team and a team that I've been a rival against for six season...I know my teammates know I know how to throw that baseball and I know our fan base knows that as well.

"To start off rough, whenever you put yourself behind the eight-ball, it's makes it tough. It does. But I'm going to be alright. I'm going to bounce back from this and finish strong.''


Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”