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David Price Jokes He'll 'Come Up with Something' to Not Pitch If Picked for ASG

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2018

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price calls for a new ball after giving up two hits to the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price had some fun at his own expense Tuesday when contemplating what he'd do if selected for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

"I'll come up with something if I am an All-Star that I won't have to pitch," Price said, per MassLive.com's Christopher Smith. "I'll play a lot of Fortnite the night before."

Price was referencing his carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis in early May. Some wondered whether the 32-year-old left-hander brought the problem on himself by being an avid gamer. Even Red Sox manager Alex Cora went on the record to discuss Price's gaming habits.

"From what I know, David has been playing video games his whole life," Cora told reporters. "It seems like Fortnite now is the one everybody's playing, but last year I saw a lot of guys playing FIFA. That's all I know. There's a lot of teams playing Fortnite. But we'll talk about it."

Price said he'd cease playing Fortnite while at the stadium because of the questions his injury raised.

The five-time All-Star got off to a disappointing start in 2018, but he has turned things around since the team scratched him from a scheduled start May 9.

Through his first seven starts, Price was 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA. Since he was scratched, he's 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA.

The idea of Price making the All-Star Game seemed laughable a month ago, but he may soon have to seriously consider whether he wants to make the trip to Washington, D.C., for the Midsummer Classic.