Why Red Sox pitcher David Price won't start Wednesday vs. Yankees

This is the Yankees’ chance to blow past the Red Sox

Modal Trigger Tyler Austin and Joe Kelly fight on April 11. AP

Red Sox left-hander David Price is experiencing a reoccurrence of numbness in his pitching hand and will miss Wednesday's start at Yankee Stadium.

In fact, he won't even be in NY, as the numbness in his left hand has reportedly returned, forcing the Red Sox to send Price home to Boston to undergo further testing, according to NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich.

Tensions boiled over the last time the rivals met at Fenway Park when Tyler Austin charged the mound after being hit by a Joe Kelly fastball, inciting a bench-clearing brawl. Cora said more would be known after the game Tuesday or before the game Wednesday.

Cora said he did not think the issue was related to Price's elbow, which suffered a minor tear past year and kept him out half the season. It was just a one-day thing. "As soon as I heard what was going on, I think we're better off for him to see what's going on, doing more testing, and going from there, making a decision".

Price did not undergo any tests following the first round of numbness in his hand, partially because of the cold weather on that April night.

The Red Sox enter this crucial series holding a one-game lead over the Yanks for first in the division.

"Everybody thought, everybody agreed, that it was just something that happened that night", Cora said. Since then, Price has made four more starts, going 1-3 and serving up 20 runs (17 earned) in 22 innings. "We actually felt it was something that wasn't going to happen. Let's make sure you know what's going on.' Hey, maybe there's nothing and he'll come back, throw a bullpen and he'll pitch over the weekend or whenever he pitches, but we have to make sure we know what's going on".

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