Red Sox’ Price both­ered by Eck­er­s­ley’s com­ments

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By KEN POWTAK As­so­ci­ated Press

BOS­TON — Red Sox pitcher David Price re­mains frus­trated with TV an­a­lyst Den­nis Eck­er­s­ley over his crit­i­cal com­ments about some of his team­mates.

Speak­ing to re­porters be­fore Satur­day night's game against Kansas City at Fen­way Park, the ace left-han­der said he would speak to the Hall of Famer when he comes into the club­house.

“If Eck was around, he'd know who we are. He's never in the club­house,” Price said. “He's the one guy I've seen in my ca­reer that never shows his face in the club­house.”

Price, who was placed on the 10day dis­abled list Fri­day with left el­bow in­flam­ma­tion, also said he doesn't think his in­jury is any­thing near what side­lined him from early March un­til the end of May.

The Bos­ton Globe first re­ported late last month that Price con­fronted Eck­er­s­ley on a team flight.

Price was up­set Eck­er­s­ley didn't make him­self avail­able to the play­ers af­ter what they felt were harsh com­ments.

“If you're go­ing to say what he said, come around, show your face,” Price said Satur­day. “If guys have a prob­lem with it, pull him aside. That ain't how it's done. That ain't the first time it's hap­pened here re­gard­ing Eck. It's un­for­tu­nate.”

The 31-year-old Price said he was stand­ing up for his team­mates. He also said op­po­nents have com­mented to him and his team­mates about Eck­er­s­ley's anal­y­sis.

“Ev­ery team that we play here, when­ever they hear our broad­cast, ev­ery­body in here is al­ways get­ting text mes­sages that (say): ' He has to never be around,'” he said. “Peo­ple know what's go­ing on.”

Price signed a $217 mil­lon, sev­enyear con­tract with Bos­ton be­fore last sea­son. He went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in his first year with the Red Sox.

He was 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA be­fore go­ing on the DL. He hopes to re­turn soon.

“It's nowhere near where it was (in spring train­ing),” he said. “I feel like it'll be more than 10 days. We did all the strength tests and arm tests and my strength and grip were both stronger than where they were in spring train­ing, all the signs are re­ally good.”

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Red Sox lefty David Price, who is cur­rently on the 10-day dis­abled list be­cause of left el­bow in­flam­ma­tion, said Satur­day that he was both­ered by com­ments made by NESN broad­caster and Base­ball Hall of Famer Den­nis Eck­er­s­ley. Price said Eck­er­s­ley never shows up in the club­house to face the play­ers af­ter crit­i­ciz­ing them.

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