David Price doesn't need surgery. Nearly immediately, Price chose to get a second opinion from Andrews, who was in Indianapolis attending the National Football League combine.
Price experienced the discomfort in the arm after pitching a simulation game on Tuesday and got the MRI the next day, the Boston Globereports. In the case for most pitchers, the diagnosis reveals a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which requires season-ending Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation that can last over a full calendar year.
Price took to Twitter on Friday to update his 1.69 million followers to announce that he's heading back to sunny Fort Myers, Fla., which isn't as "chilly" as Indy. There's no way to overstate how important he is to the Red Sox, who are World Series contenders this season. The 31-year-old shouldered the load for an injury-wracked Red Sox rotation last season, leading the majors with 35 starts and 230 innings. The lefty was 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA and 3.60 FIP, as well as 228 strikeouts and a 23.97 percent strikeout rate.