Fortnite has been an increasingly popular game for quite some time, with even more people potentially playing its battle royale mode thanks to the Avengers: Infinity War Crossover. One person who may not be playing it much anymore is David Price – an MLB pitcher for the Boston Red Sox who was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. He hasn’t pitched since May 3 and had some tests conducted May 8 after experiencing some numbness.
Notably, however, Price doesn’t blame Fortnite or video games in general for his injury. Although he has decided not to play the game in the team clubhouse anymore, it’s “to avoid the distraction it has caused.” He acknowledges that video games may have contributed to the development of his carpal tunnel, but he insists they are not to blame for the swelling in his left thumb, index finger, and middle finger.
Price also stated that this injury didn’t stem from any one game like Epic Games’ Fortnite, but concerning video games as a whole, he added, “if that was the cause of the problem, it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old.”
It’s worth mentioning that Price is not the only athlete to have an interesting relationship with Fortnite. Many fans of the game believe that the boneless walk emote in Fortnite is based on the way Conor McGregor – a controversial fighter in the UFC – walks around the Octagon. Of course, it could just be coincidental, but Fortnite has an interesting way of connecting the real world to its game.
Now, Price is scheduled to return May 12 against the Toronto Blue Jays. His manager, Alex Cora, said they will be managing the injury “outing by outing” and communicating with Price who thinks the carpal tunnel syndrome will be manageable. While other MLB teams such as the Milwaukee Brewers or even his own teammates will continue to play Fortnite, Price is taking this sabbatical to make sure he can stay on top of the MLB game.
Fortnite is available now in early access for iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.