Obviously a side caveat to the Dodgers trading for Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts was acquiring starting pitcher David Price. While most may think ‘salary relief’ when looking at this deal, how soon we forget this was one of the most dominant left-handed pitchers in baseball for the better part of a decade in the recent past.
In 2019, Price threw just 107.1 innings for Boston, but still struck out 128 hitters during that brief usage. Now, Price talks about the injury that limited him not only in 2019 but dating back a long time in his career.
Furthermore, Price has been dealing with a cyst in his pitching wrist that has caused issues with circulation and feeling the baseball in his hand. It sounds like it started simple, and grew to be a bigger issue. The good news is that he says the recent surgery work he had done on the wrist are allowing him to feel like a new man.
“The feeling in my hand is a lot better. I’m looking forward to getting out there and picking up a baseball. I’ve felt it for a while, probably dating back in my Tampa days. The way it was explained to me, the growth was just kind of like gravel. It was something we were trying to scrape out and use different tools to smooth it out. It accumulated to be so much that I just wanted to cut it out and get it over with.”
Without question, most people are thinking of Price as a no. 3 starter in the rotation. However, what if he was able to return to ace form for 150 or 160 innings? Certainly that would be something that boosts the Dodgers’ hopes of winning a title.
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Adding to that, Price says he feels a way he hasn’t felt in a while phyiscally.
“I have a feeling [of good health] that I haven’t felt in a very long time. And I can feel it in my every day activity. Moreso when I am playing catch or throwing a bullpen.”
I have no idea what the Dodgers will get out of Price in 2020, and I wouldn’t venture to guess. Still, I look at it as veteran pitching depth and a guy who can strike some hitters out. Equally important, the move to the NL shouldn’t hurt matters. Overall, I’m excited to see what a now reportedly healthy Price can do wearing that new uniform.
Injuries have a way of making us forget a player we were long familiar with, and how good they can be.