David Price just can’t catch a break. The Tampa Bay Rays‘ star pitcher is having the worst season of his MLB career and it got even worse on Wednesday night when he left a 9-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox after just two innings of work with a strained left triceps. The injury likely isn’t that serious, but it certainly isn’t helping Price and his month-long slump.
Price’s 5.24 ERA is the highest of his big-league career and for a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who is eligible for arbitration at the end of this season, that ain’t good. He will likely miss his next scheduled start because of the triceps situation, but the long-term effects of Price’s season and this injury are now on his mind as well as the Rays’.
Price was a big-time trade prospect heading into this season, but now the Rays find themselves in a peculiar situation with a lot less bidders and time running out to make a move. It’s not like Price has to have Tommy John surgery or anything, but a bad season coupled with nagging injuries can lead to really bad things for a star pitcher. Let’s just say Price’s stock is on the decline.