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No surgery likely for Price; Pedroia seeing specialists about his knee


No surgery likely for Price; Pedroia seeing specialists about his knee

BOSTON — David Price does not appear headed for surgery on his left elbow this winter, while Dustin Pedroia’s left knee situation requires further consultation.

“It heals itself,” Price told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal this summer of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The second trip to the disabled list this season was more about the lower triceps, Price told Rosenthal. But as for his UCL, and potential Tommy John surgery, that doesn’t seem to be the plan unless definitely needed.

Price therefore is expected ready for spring training with rest and strengthening.

“I think so. I hope so. That’s what the doctors tell us at this point,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday during his press conference about the firing of John Farrell. “You can see he threw the ball extremely well. After what happened this year, you always sit on the edge of your seat when things like that happen. But he has seen the top specialists in the country and they told us if he got back to this point, he should be fine for next year. So that’s what our anticipation is that he will be part of our starting rotation next year and be ready to go. “

Pedroia noted on Monday that fixing his painful left knee could mean a lengthy recovery. Pedroia visited a knee specialist in New York on Wednesday, Dombrowski said. Another visit to a specialist in Boston, one Pedroia has previously visited, is scheduled for Thursday.

"Then we'll have to decide what's going to take place at that point,” Dombrowski said. “We want to make sure that most importantly his knee is as good as it can be going forward. I don't know what that's going to [entail] at this point until he sees the doctors and gets those recommendations."

Other medical situations seemingly could result in surgery, but there was no announcement Wednesday.

“Because there are some other people being checked out by doctors and we’ll wait to here what the recommendations are,” Dombrowski said. “There may be some people, but the season just ended so we all need to follow up with doctors.”

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.