Baltimore Orioles: Does a potential David Price injury open a door?

The Baltimore Orioles fell 5-2 yesterday in Bradenton to Pittsburgh, however the big concern was pitcher Wade Miley, who got hit with a comebacker. Miley was charged with four runs in one plus innings, however the concern was his well-being after being hit on the left forearm. Miley left the game, but afterwards said he was fine (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

A little pinball action. Just kind of bounced around a little bit, upper arm, rib cage, but it’s good. Just kind of burned a little bit. We’re good. More precautionary to take me out. I could have stayed out there, but just to be safe.

Sounds like the Orioles and Miley probably dodged a bullet. In the mean time, there’s some big injury news out of BoSox camp. Ace David Price has been having soreness in his left elbow, and earlier in the week the rumor was he was a candidate for Tommy Johns this year.

Price traveled to Indianapolis this week to be examined by Dr. James Andrews (which incidentally is a name that injects fear into the mind of any athlete), who was working at the NFL Combine. However Andrews’ verdict was that the tests were inconclusive in terms of the need for surgery. The plan for Price right now is just to rest for 7-10 days.

First off we wish Price well; you never want to see anyone get hurt. However while it appears that he’s going to be fine for the time being, it’s something to watch for Boston. So…what would this mean for the O’s?

If Price was injured to the point of missing time during the regular season, it’s an opening for the O’s or any other team to get a leg up on Boston. If you listen to the “experts,” they’ve already given Boston the AL East as it is. But we should keep in mind that there’s a reason why they play these games in the regular season – it’s anyone’s division on day one. So a division rival suddenly not having their ace starter would be good news for the Birds.

Some folks will point out that the Orioles are without theirs also. However mind you that Tillman is expected to pitch in the first week of the season – just not on Opening Day. Furthermore Tillman’s injury was much earlier than this. Price is missing his 7-10 days starting now. As I said, it’s something to watch.

The Orioles will head to Port Charlotte this afternoon to take on the Tampa Rays. Ubaldo Jimenez will be on the mound for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Chris Archer. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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