- Right now the entire Boston Red Sox organization is holding their breath. Left-handed ace David Price is traveling to meet Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Indiana to get a consult on his elbow per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Price reportedly was feeling some elbow discomfort and soreness and had an MRI done. The results were inconclusive and a visit to two of the top Tommy John experts in the country will give him a better idea of what’s wrong with his elbow. If it is indeed serious enough to require Tommy John surgery, it will be a tremendous blow to the Red Sox. They have high expectations going into 2017 after they swung a blockbuster deal to nab lefty Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. If Price is down for the count in 2017, they may have to make another big trade to get a starter to fill in for Price. The southpaw is a workhorse and has averaged 227.0 innings per season throughout his career. Losing a pitcher like Price would be a significant blow for any pitching rotation, even the Red Sox collection of talented pitchers.
- Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang has been given an eight-month sentence in his DUI case per Jeeho Yoo Yonhap News. That sentence has been suspended for two years so it remains likely he will not have to do any jail time as long as he follows several court-ordered guidelines. He is now free to report to training camp but his future with the Pirates organization is in doubt given his latest string of off-the-field troubles.
- Several rule changes have been announced for the 2017 season. The most notable changes include a 30-second time limit for a manager to request a replay review with a two-minute time frame for the umpires to review the play as well as the new rule that crew chiefs can invoke a review of a play in the eighth inning or later even if a manager is out of challenges.