Thanks to some late inning heroics from Brett Gardner and a strong showing from the revamped Yankees bullpen, including two dominant innings from closer Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees now sit just .5 game back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the always daunting American League East.
After playing their worst month of baseball since the early 90’s the Yankees saw their season high 15 games above .500 mark, and comfortable lead in the division dwindle away into a 5.5 game deficit. Barely able to keep their heads afloat the Yankees were able to weather the storm and after a blockbuster trade, the Bronx Bombers appear to be back and they are putting big time pressure on the team from Boston that was unable to put them away when they seemingly had the chance.
Now, with the Yankees riding a hot streak, and squarely back in the mix, the Sox have been a dealt another major blow as their $200 million dollar man is heading to the DL with more elbow issues.
Hearing now that David Price‘s elbow barking again. Would Sox DL him before tonight’s start? Plot thickens.
As first reported by Dan Shaunessesy of the Boston Globe, the recurring elbow issue that caused Price to miss a large chunk of the start of the season, not making his first start until May 11th, is putting him back on the 10 day DL, retroactive to July 25th.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombroski had been adamant that starting pitching was not an area the Sox were exploring at the trade deadline, but now with this dark cloud once again looming over Price, it would not be surprising to see Boston enter the fold in pursuit of another starter.
The market for starters is very thin however and it is worth noting that Boston is one of the 10 teams Rangers “ace” Yu Darvish announced he would not accept a trade to.
While Price did have an MRI done on Thursday, the severity of the injury is still unknown, however it does not appear to bode well for the Boston lefty.