Morning sports update: What David Price had to say after being struck by a 102.6 mph line drive

"I think I'll be OK."

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David Price reacts after being hit by a ball off Austin Dean's bat. –Jim Rogash / Getty Images

After David Price was knocked out of the game with a bruised left wrist, the Red Sox bats exploded for an 11-run seventh inning and Boston beat the Marlins 14-6 on Wednesday night. Mookie Betts homered and had a two-run double for the Sox.

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What David Price had to say after being struck by a 102.6 mph line drive

Last Thursday, David Price delivered one of his best performances by shutting out the Cleveland Indians over eight innings to cap a sustained string of success. That run was rudely interrupted on Wednesday night when the lefthander — who had assumed the ace mantle in Chris Sale’s absence — was struck on the wrist by a 102.6 mph line drive.


With two outs in the third inning, Price threw a changeup to Miami’s Austin Dean. The Marlins outfielder sent the pitch screaming back to the mound, where it connected with Price’s throwing hand. The Sox starter reacted quickly, scrambling to cover first base for the final out of the inning.

However, Price immediately walked down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse accompanied by a trainer, pitching coach Dana LeVangie, and manager Alex Cora. The Sox, who went on to win 14-6, received some positive news when Price’s X-rays came back negative.

“I think I’ll be OK,” he said, per MassLive. “I’ve been hit a couple times this year. I think I’ll be OK.”

Cora noted the team expects Price to pitch in his next start, scheduled for Monday against the Atlanta Braves. Price, who had gone 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break, said he’ll see how the wrist feels tomorrow.

“If it feels good enough to put a ball in it, we’ll do it,” he said. “If not, then we’ll take it day by day.”

The Sox shouldn’t have to rush Price back onto the mound. Sale is in the early stages of a rehab process that could have him back by early September, while Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright return this weekend. Cora knows how important Price will be to a postseason push for his club.


“He’s a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish,” Cora said. “With the way he’s been throwing the ball, obviously it sucks to see that. But we’ve been going through this all season. People don’t talk about that, and we don’t care, either. We’ve been battling through it all season, and someone has stepped up and done a good job.”

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