David Price Ruled Out vs. Yankees with Hand Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2018

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JULY 22:  David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 22, 2017 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Boston Red Sox ace David Price has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the New York Yankees after feeling numbness in his hand, according to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston.

The pitcher was sent home and will undergo tests on the injury.

Rick Porcello, who was supposed to start Thursday, will move up one spot and take Price's place.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, medical woes are nothing new for Price. The southpaw missed the first two months of the 2017 campaign with a left elbow strain, and he was sidelined later in the year because of inflammation in the same elbow. 

Through seven starts in his third season with the Red Sox, Boston's $217 million man has gone 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 2.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He allowed seven earned runs in 3.2 innings in his most recent start, a loss to the Texas Rangers last Thursday.

The American League East contenders have the depth to survive a short-term absence from Price, to be sure, but they'll need him back at 100 percent if they want to maintain a grasp on the top spot in the division. Boston entered Tuesday's game with a one-game lead over the Yankees. 

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