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David Price will not need surgery on injured elbow

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This is the best-case scenario

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We’ve all been holding our breath for the last day and a half, but we got the news were hoping for. After seeing Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his ailing elbow, it turns out that David Price will not need to undergo surgery. In fact, he won’t even require PRP injections.

This is obviously tremendous news for the Red Sox. As I said yesterday, it’s hard to be expecting good news when anyone has to see Andrews for a second opinion. Although we were all hoping for the best, it was hard not to expect the worst. Instead of possibly losing their star for the entire season, the Big Three remains intact and we no longer have to worry about seeing long stretches of Henry Owens (for now, at least). All of that speculation about going for Jose Quintana (which was probably ridiculous anyway) can go out the window.

For now, Price will be shut down for the next 7-10 days, but it’s safe to say the team avoided disaster. His schedule will be pushed back, but if everything progresses well from here he won’t miss more than a start or two to begin the season. Even that may not happen. We can all exhale now.

Update: The official diagnosis for the injury is an elbow strain.