David Price has been scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday night against the New York Yankees due to numbness in his throwing hand.
This comes nearly three weeks after Price was pulled in an April start against the Yankees after only an inning of work. Obviously this is a huge concern for the Red Sox pitcher who’s slated to make $30 million this season.
Now if Price ends up hitting the DL the Red Sox have a few options they could go with.
The Best Option: Hector Velazquez
The first option they could go with is the 29 year old righty Hector Velazquez. Velazquez started the season in the starting rotation before E-Rod returned from his knee injury. Velazquez was very reliable going 2-0 in 5 starts before being moved to the bullpen. On the season he has a 2.38 ERA through 22.2 innings and a WHIP of 1.279.
Although at times he has looked shaky at times he’s the only option with some solid experience this year.
Next Best: Brian Johnson
Look I know Brian Johnson has not been great this year but he is one of the few options the Sox have to jump into the rotation right away. Johnson made one start this year and managed to survive 6 innings with only giving up 1 run, that happened to be a home run. Since then he has been used out if he bullpen in long relief situations and has looked like garbage. Raising his ERA to 6.00 through 18 innings of work. Johnson hasn’t been used since May 1st, where he gave up 3 runs in the 13th inning to the Kansas City Royals.
He may not be the best option but he is an option nonetheless.
Surprise Call-Up: Jalen Beeks
The 24 year old lefty is having himself a year down in Pawtucket. In 5 games he’s 2-1 with a fantastic ERA of 1.71 through 26.1 innings. The young stud has only allowed 18 hits while striking out 46 batters and a WHIP of 0.949.
Even though he has the best numbers out of the Red Sox options he still has very little experience in the minors and could benefit from a few more months in AAA Pawtucket.
So if David Price does end up seeing the DL the Red Sox top options would most likely be Velazquez, Johnson, and Beeks. Although Beeks is having himself a year in Pawtucket, I highly doubt seeing the Red Sox risk rushing one of their top pitching prospects.