David Price’s sore forearm is a red flag in Red Sox camp

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The Boston Red Sox revealed some very troubling news Thursday morning: Left-hander David Price had an MRI exam on his forearm after experiencing discomfort earlier this week and likely will seek a second opinion.

Price, 31, signed a seven-year, $217 million deal as a free agent before the 2016 season. And his first season is Boston wasn’t a huge success, at least based on his eight previous major-league seasons. In 35 starts, Price was 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 228 strikeouts in 230 innings. His postseason struggles continued against the Indians in the ALDS when he allowed five earned runs in 3/1 innings in a Game 2 loss.

But the concern now runs much deeper than last October.

“We’re taking every precaution,” manager John Farrell told reporters, via MLB.com. “Yes, we are concerned, as we would be with any player. That’s why we’re taking every step and scratching him for Sunday.”

After acquiring left-hander Chris Sale from the White Sox this offseason, the Red Sox seemingly had the best “big three” in the majors with Price, Sale and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. But there is plenty of uncertainty ahead of Price’s MRI results.