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David Price to make next start, stop playing Fortnite at ballpark

Red Sox starting pitcher David Price walks off

Red Sox starting pitcher David Price walks off the mound after turning the ball over to manager Alex Cora against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on May 3. Credit: AP / Richard Rodriguez

No, David Price isn’t headed to the disabled list for a Fortnite.

The Red Sox lefthander, scratched from Wednesday night’s start at Yankee Stadium because of carpal tunnel syndrome, didn’t quite declare a cause-and-effect relationship between the condition and his hobby of playing video games, including Fortnite. Still, he made it sound like a contributing factor, saying he will stop playing it at the ballpark.

“If [playing video games] was the cause of the problem, then it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old,” he said. “I’ve always played video games: played it with my teammates in the offseason, at the field, at the hotel. That’s my generation. That’s what we do.

“If I need to shut down video games and pick up a new hobby, then so be it. But I do not think that’s the cause.”

Price was scratched after feeling numbness in his thumb and first two fingers in a bullpen session. After undergoing a thorough battery of tests in Boston, he rejoined the Red Sox on Thursday, threw a bullpen session before the series finale with the Yankees and was written in to start Saturday in Toronto. After tests on his shoulder and elbow, he said doctors described both joints as “pristine.”

His wrist will have to be managed. He said he will sleep with a brace on it and get “dry needle” — something he compared to acupuncture — to keep down the inflammation in his wrist that presses on the nerves that go to his hand and fingers.

Price pitched 14 scoreless innings in his first two starts but now is 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA.

“This is a spot I’ve always had to have worked out. It got a lot worse and real aggressive — more than it ever had. It’s something we can take care of,” Price said.

“I [was born] in 1985, so that’s the video game generation,” he added. “Being a Red Sox, this is the least amount of video games I’ve ever played. Being in Major League Baseball, it’s a very common thing, especially with my generation. It’s when the video games really took off. This is not something that just happened this year.”

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