Just as the Red Sox appeared to be reaching the break-even point -- their 4-1 loss to the Orioles Monday night precluded them from getting to the .500 mark for the first time since the season was two games old -- they were hit with some injury news.
David Price, battling elbow tendinitis, was placed on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to May 3, Price joins fellow starter Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) on the IL, meaning 40 percent of the Red Sox starting rotation is out before the team gets one-quarter of the way through the schedule.
If you're tracking money, that's $49 million worth of Grade A starting pitching on the shelf.
Forget, for a moment, Price's insistence that this is minor setback, one that barely concerns him. Or that manager Alex Cora echoed that nonchalance, noting that had this taken place in September, Price would have continued to pitch.
Their reactions may provide some comfort to the fan base, but still, losing two of your five starters is never a good thing, especially when your team is built around the starting rotation.