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Alex Cora mentions Fortnite amid David Price’s carpal tunnel diagnosis

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed on Thursday that the numbness David Price has experienced in his pitching hand in two recent starts has been diagnosed as a “mild case of carpal tunnel.”

Interestingly, the Red Sox skipper indicated when he sits down with Price to discuss the issue that Fortnite will be among the topics addressed.

Price missed his scheduled start Wednesday against the New York Yankees and was sent back to Boston for evaluation. The 32-year-old pitcher is expected to rejoin the team in New York Thursday.

Price, a longtime video game aficionado, admitted last month that he has become obsessed with Fortnite, admitting the wildly popular game has “kind of taken over” his life.

While Cora seemed to dismiss the notion that Fortnite is at the heart of Price’s carpal tunnel diagnosis, saying “no, no, no” when it was brought up, he intends to bring up the game when discussing things going forward.

“From what I know, David has played video games his whole life,” Cora said, via the Boston Herald. “It seems like Fortnite now is the one everybody is playing, but last year, I saw a lot of guys playing FIFA. That’s a lot of playing, too. So, there’s a lot of teams playing Fortnite, too. We’ll talk about it (today).”

Carpal tunnel is referred to as a repetitive motion injury, which occurs when playing video games. However, Cora suggested Price’s injury could have occurred in myriad ways.

“I mean, it can happen in different ways, like I said earlier today, it’s about repetition and I don’t know, you throw bullpens, you throw off of flat ground, you throw games, you make adjustments with pitches, I don’t know, the only thing we know is it’s this and, for me, this is quote unquote good news compared to thinking about something news,” Cora said.

It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out and what the Red Sox will do if Price’s condition can somehow be blamed on his Fortnite obsession.