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Red Sox hurler Price denies carpal tunnel linked to video gaming

By AFP
11 May 2018 0

Red Sox pitcher David Price insisted Thursday that a fascination with video game "Fortnite" was not the cause of his carpal tunnel syndrome, but said he was willing to scale back.

“I won’t be playing at the field. That’s already caused enough noise,” said Price. “That’s not the issue though, I promise you that.

“If (playing video games) was the cause of the problem, then it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old,” added Price, who was scratched from a scheduled start against the New York Yankees on Wednesday because of numbness in his hand.

An MRI revealed mild carpal tunnel syndrome in his wrist, and pundits immediately pounced on his fondness for “Fortnite” as a possible cause.

“This is a spot that I’ve always had to have work done,” Price said. “It just got a lot worse and really aggressive than it ever had, so it’s something we can take care of.”

Price said he would sleep with a brace on his wrist and employ other non-surgical therapies to combat inflammation in his wrist.

He said he felt fine throwing a bullpen session on Thursday and was looking forward to starting on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Just eased into it and the longer it went, the more effort I put behind it and I walked out of there feeling good about it,” he said. DM

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