Maybe that whole "Home Run Derby ruins your swing" argument is true after all.
In the eyes of Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, it certainly is anyways.
As a guest on Rob Bradford's (WEEI) podcast this week, Magadan was asked about the drop-off in power with Adrian Gonzalez after the All-Star Break. While Magadan didn't point to just the HR Derby as the reason, it was one of them.
"When you are spending the offseason trying to rehab from a major surgery labrum of right shoulder in October 2010 like that, you know, I think he got to spring training and continued his rehab in spring training, didn't start hitting until the middle of March, I think it wore on him as the season went on," Magadan said.
"And when he went to the All-Star Game and took all those swings in home run derby, that amount of fatigue on his body and in general, he was different when he came back. I know he doesn't concur with that, doesn't agree with it, but I saw a difference in his swing. As the second-half started to wear on, he started to I don't want to say complaining, it was bothering him, his shoulder was bothering him."
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.
After another bad rehab start in Pawtucket by David Price, should the Red Sox begin to worry about their $30 million per year starting pitcher.