David Price stratched from Red Sox start tonight, headed for disabled list

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Boston announced the move ahead Price's scheduled start Friday night against Kansas City.

Price avoided Tommy John surgery the first time the elbow injury flared up before the year, but the Red Sox front office has to be wondering if the ligaments that hold his $217-million arm together are becoming a ticking time bomb.

Since his return to the mound on May 29, Price is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 66 innings in 11 starts. He has also engaged in more than one public dustup with media members, most recently calling out Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley on a team flight.

Price's official diagnosis is left elbow inflammation, similar to what cost him the start of the season and required trips to several prominent orthopedic surgeons.

Price was left off the Opening Day roster as a result of the injury. Price was reportedly set off by Eckersley saying "yuck" during a broadcast when starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez's stats from a rehab start were shown on TV.

The Red Sox, 56-47, own a half-game edge over their arch rivals, the New York Yankees, in the American League East division with two months remaining in the campaign.

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