Former major league catcher and current longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster, Jim Price will be off the team’s radio network until at least May 3rd while recovering from a virus. His absence from the Tigers current roadtrip means Price will miss a minimum of 15 consecutive games for health reasons.
Price’s last day in the booth was Sunday, April 14th, he planned to return later that week, but was unable to do so. After missing the Tigers’ full six game homestand last week, Price will not join the club on the road, meaning the next possible date he could return to the airwaves is May 3rd. Former Tigers pitcher, Dan Petry has replaced Price as he continues to recover.
Although not many details about the sickness have been provided, Price’s longtime partner in the booth, play-by-play voice Dan Dickerson said a full recovery is expected soon.
This is the first stretch of games Price has missed since being unavailable for five broadcasts early in 2012 as he battled cancer for a second time. Price’s current absence is said to be unrelated to cancer. Prior to 2012, Price had not missed a game he was assigned to during his near two-decades as a Tigers analyst.
Price joined the Tigers Radio Network as their lead analyst in 1998, following five seasons working on their PASS Sports telecasts. The 77-year old Price has been partnered with Dickerson since 2003.