David Price will not make a second straight appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The Murfreesboro native and Vanderbilt All-American was scratched Sunday because of turf toe. New York Yankees reliever David Robertson was named his replacement.
“I've known [about the injury] for a while,” Price said, according to mlb.com. “It's something I had last year as well. It comes and it goes. Sometimes, it's a lot worse than what it is. Now is one of those times.
“… Being able to take that day off and not have to really fire it up during the All-Star break is really big,”
Price, who was the American League’s starting pitcher in 2010, reportedly will be in Phoenix for the festivities, which include the home run contest Monday. The All-Star Game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday (Fox, Comcast-Ch. 234).
The decision not to pitch came a day after Price surrendered Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit. The Yankees shortstop singled in the first inning and, in the third, and hit a 3-2 curveball into the left field seats for a home run that lifted him to the milestone.
“I didn't really care if he got it off me, as long as he didn't drive in a run or score a run, and he did all of those things in that one at-bat,” Price said. “…All I can do at the end of day is tip my cap. … I threw some good pitches, and he fouled them off. He took the pitches that I made mistakes on and got hits off them. That's what a professional hitter does.”
It was not the first time Jeter got to the 25-year-old left-hander. The first Major League hit Price allowed was a home run to Jeter in 2008.