David Price announced on Twitter over the weekend that he's opting out of the shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season.

The pitcher posted a lengthy explanation:

"Dear Dodgers Nation,

After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family's health for me 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. I'm sorry I won't be playing for you this year, but look forward to representing you next year.

Stay safe, be well, and be kind. And Go Dodgers!


David Price"

The Dodgers, who acquired Price from the Boston Red Sox in the Mookie Betts trade, issued a statement in support shortly after. Price is under contract through the 2022 season and unless he's deemed a high-risk individual, he'll forfeit his salary for this season.