David Price exits with flu-like symptoms after facing just 3 batters


It looks like the Boston Red Sox may have dodged a bullet when it comes to David Price.

The Boston Red Sox left-hander left Saturday’s game in Houston in the first inning after facing just three batters and throwing 15 pitches. The team said it was because he was suffering from flu-like symptoms.

The fact this wasn’t an elbow problem is a relief for the Red Sox and their fans because Price was on the injured list from May 3-20 with tendinitis in his throwing elbow.

Cora said during an in-game interview with Fox that Price’s early exit was not because of an arm injury.

“It’s not his arm,” Cora said. “He’s been battling the flu for four days and his progression throughout the week wasn’t the right one.

“We were proactive. We took him out of the game. He’ll get some treatment down there and we’ll see what happens.”

Price returned from the IL on Monday to face the Blue Jays in Toronto and threw 67 pitches over five innings and gave up two unearned runs. He is 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA this season.