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David Price dialing back on video games to battle carpal tunnel

David Price dialing back on video games to battle carpal tunnel

Price was scratched from his Wednesday start in the Bronx after experience discomfort in his wrist, and it was revealed on Wednesday that the 32-year-old has a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Red Sox lefty is expected to start Saturday against the Blue Jays and said he did not believe playing video games like "Fortnite" caused the issue with his hand, but nevertheless he would curtail his time playing because of the "distraction" it has created.

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Price has struggled this season: In 37 innings pitched over seven starts, he's posted a 5.11 ERA, and pitching against the basement-dwelling Texas Rangers on May 3 he allowed seven runs in the first four innings. (Price's fondness of video games had been brought to light earlier in the week in a story from Jen McCaffry of The Athletic.) Cora waved away the concern, but the idea of Price's Fortnite-induced wound proved irresistible.

David Price threw a lengthy bullpen session here at Yankee Stadium at about 2:50 p.m. "I've always played it with my teammates, during the offseason, at the field, at the hotel". "That's kind of my generation".

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The question has been been raised, because Red Sox players are addicted to Fortnite, the popular battle royale multi-player shooting game.

"The position you would have to be in when holding an Xbox or Playstation controller is not the prolonged extension of your wrist you would need -- you see it more with an elevated keyboard", he said to me over the phone. He will be treated with a procedure similar to acupuncture and hopes to avoid surgery. "If I have to shut down my video games and pick up a new hobby, so be it". So the Red Sox sent him back to Boston for tests. "And I said, 'No, ma'am".

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Manager Alex Cora also said he didn't think Price and the team's obsession with Fortnite caused the injury.