David Price dialing back on video games to battle carpal tunnel

Aubrey Yates
May 11, 2018

However Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price is likely going to miss his start against the Yankees due to a case of mild carpal tunnel syndrome. "I've always played video games, played it with my teammates in the offseason, at the field, at the hotel. That's kind of my generation, that's what we do", he said. That's what we do.

A longtime video game enthusiast, the Red Sox ace was diagnosed this week with carpal tunnel syndrome.

He insists that while video games might have contributed to his carpal tunnel, they are not to blame for the origin of the swelling in his left thumb, index finger and middle finger. "We're really just using our thumbs the majority of the time with something like Xbox or Playstation, so it's definitely not as common". Steve Vitale, a physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy, says holding a video game controller, even for an extended period of time, is unlikely to put pressure on the wrist. "Being a Red Sox is the least amount of video games I've ever played being in Major League Baseball".

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Price, 32, has a 5.11 ERA in seven starts this season and has given up 16 earned runs in his last 16 innings. Earlier this season, Price said he and his teammates have been spent many hours playing the popular Fortnite.

"I could feel it loosening up while I was out there", he said of his wrist, adding that he was able to throw breaking pitches. "It's about repetition and I don't know, you throw bullpens, you throw off of flatground, you throw games, you make adjustments with pitches, I don't know".

He recorded an ugly 8.47 ERA in his three previous starts, so hopefully Price can get back on track moving forward. He will be treated with a procedure similar to acupuncture and hopes to avoid surgery. "The communication has to be there". Could it be his career as a pitcher which requires him to slowly destroy his arm with a violent and repetitive pitching motion? Managers deny the link between the injury and Price's mobile gaming. He will wear a brace and will switch to his right hand for activities such as brushing his teeth. He also revealed that he underwent extensive medical tests and has been told his elbow and forearm are in "pristine" condition.

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