Thursday was a rough day in Red Sox camp, as they received some of the worst news they could've possibly gotten this early in the spring.
David Price has elbow discomfort, has been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday, and will be visiting Dr. James Andrews this week for a second opinion. It goes without saying that this is not what the Red Sox wanted to hear, as Price was a big part of a rotation that was to carry them this season. It's possible that the worst-case scenario won't come to fruition, but that's rarely the case when Andrews gives a second opinion. This clearly hurts Boston, but the Red Sox don't need to panic.
Unsurprisingly, given the nature of Dave Dombrowski, the first instinct when this news broke was to wonder what the Red Sox front office would do in response. Sure enough, some wondered if it would go hard after Jose Quintana. While he'd surely help the roster, it's not necessary to go to such lengths. In Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz, and Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox have a solid top five even without Price. Hell, everyone but Rodriguez and Porcello were All-Stars last year, and Porcello was, of course, the Cy Young.
The depth beyond those five is a different story, but that's true of every team. Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias, Hector Velazquez, and Kyle Kendrick could all be next in line, and none of them inspires confidence. However, there is some upside there -- particularly with Owens and Velazquez -- that a lot of teams don't possess. Plus, there are still some names available in free agency. The Red Sox will wait to hear what exactly is wrong with Price before making any decisions, but even if they hear the worst, they don't need to overreact.
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