David Price to forgo 'Fortnite' habit if needed, pitches Saturday vs. Jays

Lynette Rowe
May 11, 2018

Price, who was scratched from his scheduled start against the New York Yankees on Wednesday because of numbness in his left hand, recently revealed that he's become something of a Fortnite devotee, along with several of his teammates. "It's about repetition and I don't know, you throw bullpens, you throw off of flatground, you throw games, you make adjustments with pitches, I don't know". "I've always played video games, played it with my teammates in the offseason, at the field, at the hotel. That's kind of my generation, that's what we do", he said. That's what we do.

Manager Alex Cora also said he didn't think Price and the team's obsession with Fortnite caused the injury.

"That's the plan, that it goes away", Price said. "That's not the issue". Plus, after a series of showdowns with the Boston baseball media last season, Price - for better or worse - seems unlikely to get the benefit of the doubt from many of those covering the team.

Cora said yesterday that the Red Sox will decide if Price can make his next start after he throws the bullpen.

Granted, it was only a bullpen session, but the Boston lefty is ready to return to the Red Sox rotation Saturday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

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"We have our goofy story from this epic May series in the Bronx", the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy wrote.

In 2013 the Tampa Bay Times published a piece - "Rays' David Price affected by allergies" - detailing how the issue might have contributed to his slow start that season.

It's little wonder, then, that Price struck something of a defensive tone when speaking with reporters at his locker Thursday.

"When I was playing catch in the outfield on the flat ground, trying to throw cutters and curveballs, I didn't have much of a feel for those", Price said. So, there's a lot of teams playing Fortnite, too. I'm going to sleep with a brace on.

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