Why Red Sox pitcher David Price won’t start Wednesday vs. Yankees

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price won’t start against the Yankees on Wednesday due to numbness in his pitching hand.

The left hander returned to Boston prior to Tuesday’s series-opening game at Yankee Stadium for further evaluation. He felt the numbness during a bullpen session on Sunday.

We all see what some of the other guys are who aren’t Aaron Rodgers, who aren’t Matt Ryan [are getting paid], Jones said. He’s going to do well. We certainly know that’s going to happen. We’ve got that planned in our budgeting for the salary cap.

I just want Dak to go out and be MVP this year of the NFL. That’s what I want. Then, we’ll deal with that.

Prescott has taken criticism from a portion of the Cowboys fans base for his struggles last year. A bounce-back season would help secure a financial payment that could make the fourth-round pick one of the top-paid quarterbacks by the time the 2019 Summer Blockbusters are released.

Part of the issue for Bryant will be overcoming the belief that he’s lost the ability to win one-on-one matchups on the outside, as Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay noted as a reason Dallas moved on from their former star.

The man who owns the Cowboys, however, believes Bryant will be an asset wherever he lands.

I don’t feel that way. That’s not to disagree at all with Will, but I wish and want Dez to have the opportunity to compete in the NFL, Jerry Jones said Wednesday, via the Dallas Morning News. I think he can, and I think he will. He’s certainly got the right stuff and the real question is: As every player in his career deals with injury or deals with the length of his career, I think he’s very capable mentally as well as physically to do the kinds of things that you have to, to adjust as you move on through your career. We just lost one of the greatest role models that may have ever played this game in Jason Witten.

Could Pats now make a move for OBJ?

With the Patriots trading receiver Brandin Cooks to the Rams, how will the Patriots replace him?

Here’s an intriguing possibility: The Pats could trade for Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham may not be interested in that. Of course, if the Patriots are willing to pay him what he wants, Beckham may be willing to give it a try.

This is where the run on offensive linemen likely will begin. The Falcons, like may teams picking near the end of the first round, don’t have many glaring needs, but shoring up their offensive line would be wise. Hernandez is a plug-and-play starter for either guard spot.

The Saints could look at guard prospects in Round 1, and they also could consider Lamar Jackson. But as they continue to retool their offense for the future, finding a top tight end is in the cards. Hurst is this draft’s best at the position.

Alexander’s talent and upside is clear, but inconsistency among other factors makes him risky as a first-rounder. Still, the Steelers are known to value talent first, especially for playmakers on defense, and Alexander eventually can be Joe Haden’s replacement.

A coaching change could have a significant impact on the roster, specifically at the quarterback position. If Dak Prescott plays more like he did in 2017 and less like he did in 2016, the next coach could push to make a change at quarterback.

That gives Prescott even more incentive to do whatever he needs to do to improve in 2018. If he fails, the team fails. If the team likely fails, Garrett quite possibly goes. If Garrett goes, Prescott’s future with the Cowboys may hinge on what would be a contract year in 2019.

For more on the current dynamics in Dallas, the video attached to this blurb includes a visit from Charean Williams to Friday’s PFT Live.

Teams rarely make moves up the draft board for anything other than what they hope will be a franchise quarterback. Sure, Barkley is a franchise running back, and the Jets’ backfield currently has former Browns early-down back Isaiah Crowell as its best new option in the wake of Matt Forte’s retirement. In relation, Barkley is Samsonite, but the Jets have had too much lost luggage at QB not to grab one of the Joshs off the carousel.

Huge rugby player has impressive workout for NFL scouts

A handful of international athletes who would like to see if they have what it takes to make it in the NFL went to Tampa to work out in front of scouts last weekend, and one athlete stood out: Jordan Mailata.

Mailata is a 20-year-old, 6-foot-8, 346-pound Samoan rugby player who currently competes for a team in Sydney, Australia, and he showed that he has the natural athleticism to play at the NFL level. He had a 5.12-second 40-yard dash and a 4.67-second short shuttle, both of which are excellent times for a man his size.

On balance, these wackadoo lineups have done well. They feature a ton of versatility and witty playmaking. Winslow is shooting almost 40 percent from deep, and looks confident. The Heat have a solid positive scoring margin when both Dragic and Richardson are on the bench, though that includes garbage time.

Erik Spoelstra is careful doling out minutes to these groups. Entire games go by without them. The Heat are endlessly interesting that way. They invert the floor with Kelly Olynyk as a stretch center, or even Luke Babbitt as a token starter alongside Johnson (or Winslow) and Whiteside. Miami even dabbles in super-small lineups featuring Johnson at center.

“The settlement is broken’’ and “on the brink of collapse,’’ Shahriari said in a court document.

The NFL says there’s nothing broken about the settlement, but that the league needs to ensure that every player filing claims actually deserves the payments he has requested.

“We are ensuring that legitimate claims are processed and paid in a timely way to those individuals and families who deserve these benefits,’’ NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Boston Globe. “We believe that it is entirely appropriate to continue to oppose fraudulent and unsupported claims. No legitimate claim has been rejected.’’

Chatman admitted to billing insurance companies for millions of dollars in fraudulent charges related to drug treatment. He also ran sober homes in Palm Beach County, where he acknowledged he allowed drug dealing and prostitution and received millions more in illegal kickbacks from treatment centers. From prison, he declined to be interviewed for this story.

NFL execs believe Johnny Manziel’s potential is ‘off the charts’

Johnny Manziel played in a competitive football game for the first time since 2015 when he made his Spring League debut on Saturday, and his stat line was not overwhelming. However, it sounds like Manziel impressed many of the people who matter.

On last year’s first round pick, linebacker Jarrad Davis, Quinn said he was pleased how the player finished out his rookie season. He also said he’s gotten plenty of positive reviews on the selection while on the road doing prep work for the upcoming draft.

“We were on the scouting trail and numerous people, numerous coaches kind of pulled us aside and were raving about him a year removed from when we took him,” Quinn said. “I think in Matt’s scheme – Jarrad can play in any scheme – but his skill set is going to be exemplified in what we’re doing now.”

In Tennessee, Logan replaces recently released Sylvester Williams and will be paired by three-time All-Pro defensive tackle Jurrell Casey , who has racked up 39 career sacks in seven seasons with the Titans.

After losing out on the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes, the Tennessee Titans have moved on to Plan B at defensive tackle.

Tennessee announced Sunday that it has agreed to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Bennie Logan. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source, that Logan will sign a one-year, $4 million deal. Logan can make up to $5 million with incentives.

From what we know, though, even some of the league’s most decorated talent evaluators struggle with evaluating quarterbacks. When he was deciding between Leaf and Manning in 1998, Polian paid the late Bill Walsh $5,000 to evaluate both passers, a price that I suspect most teams would love to pay for a quarterback evaluation today. If you were making a list of the best quarterback evaluators in league history, the architect of the 49ers dynasty might be a good place to start.

Odell Beckham Jr.  is planning an act of good faith toward the Giants.

How will they reciprocate?

Beckham will report Monday for the start of the voluntary offseason program, according to NFL Network’s Kim Jones and ESPN’s Josina Anderson. He plans to “check in, workout in the gym and meet with some people,” according to Anderson’s Twitter account.

Beckham has been rehabbing his broken ankle — he missed the final 10 games of last season — in Los Angeles. He and Shurmur had a meeting in the city last month when the coach was in town to scout draft-eligible quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold.

Shurmur left that meeting with the “understanding” Beckham would be in attendance, and the firestorm of the last few weeks did not change it. The program starts with strength and conditioning and progresses into a three-day pre-draft mini-camp.

Hernandez made his eighth straight start to begin the season as the one player who hasn’t lost at-bats to rookie Scott Kingery, who has made starts at shortstop, third base, left field and right field.

Hernandez is hitting.308 with a team-high six walks and a.462 OBP.

While Hernandez is off to a fast start, Sunday’s lineup included three batters hitting under.200: Santana (.192), Williams (.154) and Crawford (.053).

Outfielder Aaron Altherr, who hit a grand slam on Saturday night but is batting just.091 sat for the second time this season.

Crawford’s struggles highlight the Phillies’ trade of shortstop Freddy Galvis, a Gold-Glove caliber defender with some pop. Galvis played in all 162 games a year ago and is batting.333 with six walks for the Padres.

Khalil Mack doesn’t report to start of Raiders’ OTAs

The Oakland Raiders open workouts under coach Jon Gruden on Monday without a key member of the defense present.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported pass rusher Khalil Mack is not in the building to kick off offseason conditioning, according to team sources. Rapoport adds it’s an unusual move for Mack.

The guess is the Yankees will go with Gray, then give German a first career start on regular rest next Friday for a series opener in Detroit.

Two double plays saved Montgomery from further damage. He left in the fifth after Danny Valencia hit a two-run, one-out homer to left on an 0-2, middle-of-the-plate curveball that pulled the Orioles to within a run at 5-4.

From there, German came on and used his mid-90s fastball to strike out five over 2 2/3 innings, but he allowed three runs in his 53-pitch outing, the first in the sixth on a two-out hit by Manny Machado and then two more when Santander homered in the seventh.

Head coach Jason Garrett insisted the goal is to get the five best offensive linemen on the field in 2018. Collins’ future earning potential gives him an incentive to want to remain at tackle. Whether he’s moved back inside will likely depend on whether Fleming or newly signed guard Marcus Martin earns his way into the top 5 rotation.

Five NFL teams with new head coaches open Phase 1 of offseason workouts today: Detroit Lions , Indianapolis Colts , New York Giants , Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

The quintet joins the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears , who began their program last week. The rest of the league kicks off their workouts April 16.

Phase 1 of the offseason program spans two weeks, and limits activities to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. Lions , Colts , Giants , Raiders and Titans players will begin working out at the team facility, and not much else for the next two weeks. Phase 1 is voluntary for players.

NFL Draft 2018: Will Giants regret passing on QB? It could be Super Bowl or bust

Imagine this scenario: Running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end Bradley Chubb , offensive guard Quenton Nelson all turn out to be annual Pro Bowlers with Hall of Fame potential.

At least two of the quarterbacks available at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft go on to have excellent careers, too.

Essentially, the Giants can’t get stuck with a bust at No. 2.

If that is the case, will they live to regret passing over a quarterback for the top-ranked player at another position just because of the premium value placed on quarterback?

“I don’t think you ever regret taking a great player,” Jeremiah said. “But when you look at the opportunity that exists right now — you’ve got a 37-year-old quarterback and you’ve got a pretty good group (of quarterbacks in the draft), and you are picking up there with a chance to get one — it’s tough to pass.”

The Cowboys and Jaguars both made big leaps forward after drafting Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette with top five picks in the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts, respectively.

However, the Cowboys’ rise also had a lot to do with a vaunted offensive line and an unexpected rookie steal at quarterback, while the Jaguars boasted one of the NFL’s best defenses.

“A position player outside of quarterback can certainly be impactful,” Brooks said. “It really depends on the way the team is constructed. I’m not necessarily on board that a quarterback is the only guy who can move the needle for a squad.”

That now seems like eons ago.

Davis revealed Friday that he received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. That makes him yet another example of how while you are at work or Netflix and chilling, there is a battle brewing in the NFL every second of every day over PEDs.

Thomas tweeted out a video to “share the news”:

“I was completely caught off-guard by this. I’ve never in any way done anything to try to intentionally cheat the game. It’s one of those situations where the NFL rules are clear. They state that you are responsible as a player for what you put in your body.

NFL GM on Rob Gronkowski: Don’t discount the Rams

Most of the talk surrounding the up-and-coming Los Angeles Rams has involved the idea of them bringing in Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the New York Giants. Now that others have joined the Rams in the OBJ sweepstakes, we have no real idea how that situation is going to play out.

But in an interesting turn of events, at least one NFL general manager thinks that the Rams could ultimately end up landing New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski instead of Beckham.

That’s life when you make one of the biggest shots in school history. Townes drained a 3-pointer from the corner with six second left to cement the team’s Sweet 16 upset over Nevada. Even Sister Jean, now the most famous nun in sports, had Loyola marked down for a loss in her bracket at that point.

I haven’t really stopped to think about how historic that shot was, but it was a pretty big moment and I’ll never forget that the rest of my life, Townes said. You dream about being in March Madness and hitting a big shot like that.

In Bleacher Report’s latest 2018 NBA mock draft, the Knicks landed Oklahoma point guard Trae Young with the ninth overall pick in the first round.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen Young mocked to the Knicks, but this one came with a twist that could potentially lead New York down this path when the actual selections start flying off the board in June: Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. went in the top six.

Carter, compared to a young Al Horford, has been a popular pick to New York in the back half of the top 10. If he’s off the board, a point guard like Alabama’s Collin Sexton or Young could make sense for the Knicks.

NBADraft.net compared Young to one of the best shooters of all time.