In a statement Saturday directed at Dodger fans, Price said he decided it was in the best interest of his and his family’s health to not play this season.
“I will miss my teammates and will be cheering for them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory,” Price said in a Twitter post. “I’m sorry I won’t be playing for you this year, but I look forward to representing you next year.”
The 60-game season is scheduled to begin July 23.
The Boston Red Sox traded Price and Mookie Betts in a blockbuster deal with the Dodgers earlier this year. The 34-year-old won the 2012 AL Cy Young Award with Tampa Bay and helped the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series.
While Price has yet to take the mound for the Dodgers in a regular season game, he has already made an impact on the team. Back in May, Price pledged to give $1,000 to every minor league player not on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for the month of June, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Price is under contract through the 2022 season.