PHOENIX -- The weekend update concerning the very valuable left arm of Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price really could have been much worse, I suppose. He could be done. However, we’re left with little clarity, as the swelling and fluid buildup in his throwing elbow remains a concern, and there’s no official timetable on when he’ll pitch again. But at least ligament replacement surgery hasn’t been deemed necessary. Yet. The point is that Price, who is expected to be re-evaluated as soon as later this week, isn’t pitching. And someone viewed as a top-10 starting pitcher prior to this news really can’t be drafted close to as such until we know more.
Price’s situation remains the biggest story from the weekend and was certainly a hot topic of discussion by my industry colleagues as we convened in Arizona for the annual LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality) auctions, even as the Red Sox train many states away in Florida. I participated in Sunday’s NL-only version and will tell the tale of my experience in a separate blog entry, while ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft handled the AL auction Saturday night.