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Price is scheduled to return to the Red Sox Thursday after undergoing tests for his pitching hand in Boston, with the pitcher slated for another bullpen session with an eye on possibly making his next start Saturday in Toronto.
Price is expected to re-join the team in NY on Thursday for a bullpen session. "I walked out feeling good about it and looking forward to Saturday", Price told reporters at Yankee Stadium. "So that's the video game generation", he said, adding that since he joined the Red Sox, he's played "the least amount of video games I've ever played being in Major League Baseball". "But once I got in the bullpen and started throwing off-speed pitches and breaking balls, I felt like it got stronger and it didn't bother me". "There's been many times this year when I've had to step off the mound 'cause I can't see the signs". Price's case has invited speculation that it could have been caused by excessively playing video games.
"I've always played it with my teammate, during the offseason, at the field, at the hotel", he said. He said this current issue is unrelated.
"I saw everybody playing it and they were addicted to it and I'm like, 'I'm not going to do it because I get addicted to video games really easily, '" Hembree said.
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"If that was the cause of the problem, it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old, " Price said.
"I don't think it was the wrist injury, to be honest".
Manager Alex Cora also said he didn't think Price and the team's obsession with Fortnite caused the injury.
Price, 32, has a 5.11 ERA in seven starts this season and has given up 16 earned runs in his last 16 innings.