On Thursday, Boston pitcher David Price announced he would no longer play the popular video game after several media members suggested it had caused the carpal tunnel syndrome that cost him a start against the Yankees this week.
Price was scratched from Wednesday's start against the New York Yankees due to carpal tunnel syndrome, but he threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday afternoon and it sounds like the 32-year-old southpaw isn't facing a long-term issue.
He added: "If that was the cause of the problem, it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old".
Victor of the 2012 AL Cy Young Award with Tampa Bay, Price is 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA in seven starts during his third season with the Red Sox after agreeing to a $215 million, seven-year contract. Price recently told the Athletic's Jen McCaffrey he can play with his teammates for hours after each game. I've always played it with my teammate, during the offseason, at the field, at the hotel. "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". "That's kind of my generation".
He threw a bullpen session Thursday and said it was a bit hard to spin breaking balls at first, but got easier as he went along.
"From what I know, David has been playing video games his whole life", Cora said. I don't think it had anything to do with those starts. He will be treated with a procedure similar to acupuncture and hopes to avoid surgery.
"No, I dominated in Oakland", he said. There are steps we would take, yes.
Manager Alex Cora also said he didn't think Price and the team's obsession with Fortnite caused the injury.