Boston held its collective breath for much of the week when it learned ace David Price continued to experience soreness in his pitching elbow and it would be looked at by Dr. James Andrews, notorious for performing Tommy John Surgeries, this weekend.
The results are in. Dr.Andrews determined that not only will price not need TJS, that would keep him out for the next 18 months, as of now he doesn't even need to get a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow. Instead, Dr.Andrews recommended rest for Price.
It's great news for Boston. The Red Sox were in danger of losing a workhorse who threw for 230 innings this past season and averaged over 230 innings in each of the last three seasons.
Now, Price will rest for the next 10 days and the team will then see how his elbow feels then. Boston will likely take some time with Price to make sure he is fully healthy, so it's possible he misses the start of the season.
In his absence, Drew Pomeranz should hold strong fantasy value. When Price returns, he'll get back to high-end fantasy status with 200-plus strikeouts and a solid ERA.