David Price, the Red Sox's $217 million ace, may need surgery on his elbow

Emmett Knowlton
David Price

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Red Sox Nation is holding its breath amid news that ace left-handed pitcher David Price will seek a second opinion on his throwing elbow. 

According to Boston Globe beat writer Pete Abraham, Price got an MRI after dealing with arm soreness during this week at spring training. Abraham reports that the team did not agree with the findings of the MRI, which means Price will seek the opinions of Dr. James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache — the two foremost Tommy John specialists around the game. 

From Abraham: 

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David Price had an MRI. Forearm/elbow issue. Going to get an opinion from Dr. Andrews at the NFL combine. Tweet Embed:
Price has had forearm issues before in spring training. Farrell described this time being of "greater intensity." Tweet Embed:
That David Price is headed to the combine to see Drs. Andrews and ElAttrache certainly suggests this is not a routine issue.

ESPN's Jim Bowden said that there is serious concern Price will indeed need Tommy John surgery: 

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There is serious concern in Red Sox camp that Price could be a candidate for Tommy John surgery as they await a 2nd opinion by Dr Andrews

Price, who is in the second year of his seven-year, $217 million contract, is among the best pitchers in the game and the foundation of the team's pitching rotation. There's no way to overstate how important he is to the Red Sox, who are World Series contenders this season.

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