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Doctors confirmed that David Price’s elbow has superpowers

David Price was back at Red Sox camp on Saturday – one day after learning he would not need surgery on his pitching elbow and merely would be shut down for as few as 7-10 days.

Earlier this week, Price had an MRI, which was inconclusive, after experiencing discomfort in his forearm after a throwing session. He then flew to Indianapolis for a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, two of sports’ most prominent orthopedic surgeons who were in town for the NFL Combine.

Their diagnosis: The ligaments are intact, and the problem is muscular. But that wasn’t the most interesting thing in their findings.

“[They told me] that I have a very unique elbow, and I’ve heard that before but not from guys that have done the surgeries they’ve done and looked at as many elbows as they’ve looked at. So just to hear it from those two guys, it felt good,” said Price, via MLB.com.

According to the Boston Herald, “very unique” refers to the joint’s ability to heal very quickly.

As for the meeting with Dr. Andrews and Dr. ElAttrache, Price revealed that they didn’t have high hopes when the exam was scheduled.

“[They] expected it to be a lot worse than what it was,” Price said, via the Herald. “That was both of them, they said it multiple times, they said, ‘We expected this to be a lot worse than what it really is.’ Everything that they said, honestly, I don’t feel like that that meeting could have went any better. I don’t look at this to be anything too serious.”

There’s a chance Price’s unique elbow could briefly land him on the DL to start the season, but it’s far better than landing him in the operating room.


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