It took 11 years but the United States is headed to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.
Team USA battled sheets of driving mist, a drenched outfield and an unbeaten Japan squad Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, but a familiar face came through in the clutch late in the pitching duel to get the U.S. to the finals for the first time.
Adam Jones, who helped the U.S. advance to the semifinal with an incredible home run-saving catch against the Dominican Republic on Saturday, drove in the winning run in the eighth inning of a 1-1 game.
After being re-examined today in Fort Myers, the Red Sox decided that Price (strained flexor mass, inflammation) had yet to meet strength benchmarks.
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Price’s injury isn’t a huge blow to the Red Sox, as the team still has one of the best rotations in baseball even without its high-paid player. Still, Price is weeks — perhaps over a month — from returning.
“We’re going to continue to stay in the strengthening phase of this,” Boston manager John Farrell said Tuesday. “We’re continuing to get his arm moving in the cage, in the workout room. But as far as initiating a full-blown throwing program, we’re not at that point yet. We’re getting closer. That’ll be happening ideally in the coming days.”
The fear with Price is that his recent workload has contributed to the elbow injury. He led the league in innings pitched in 2016 and 2014, and was seventh in 2015.
Price inked a seven-year, $217 million China Cheap Jerseys deal with the Red Sox in 2015, but his Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site numbers didn’t back validate his price last season: His 3.99 ERA ranked third among Red Sox starting pitchers and 40th in Major League Baseball.