David Price dialing back on video games to battle carpal tunnel

These kids and their video games.

David Price, who didn’t pitch in this week’s series against the Yankees because of numbness in his pitching hand that was diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, said Thursday he would cut down on playing video games as a result.

The Red Sox lefty is expected to start Saturday against the Blue Jays and said he did not believe playing video games like “Fortnite” caused the issue with his hand, but nevertheless he would curtail his time playing because of the “distraction” it has created.

“If that was the cause of the problem, it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12,’’ Price said before Thursday’s game in The Bronx. “I’ve always played it with my teammates, during the offseason, at the field, at the hotel. That’s kind of my generation. That’s what we do. If I need to shut down video games and pick up a new hobby, then so be it. But I do not think that’s the cause.’’

Price, who is 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA, also felt the symptoms during an April 11 outing against the Yankees at Fenway Park, when he surrendered four runs in just one inning in a 10-7 Yankees victory.

The 32-year-old went back to Boston on Tuesday to get tests after he felt numbness again during a bullpen session. Price threw approximately 40 pitches on Thursday at Yankee Stadium and isn’t planning on surgery to address the injury.

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