The Boston Red Sox have elected to shut right-hander Clay Buchholz down for the next few days after an MRI revealed inflammation in the
bursa sac area of his throwing shoulder, according to Michael Periatt of
The good news for Buchholz and the Red Sox is that the MRI
didn’t reveal any structural damage to the ailing shoulder. Still, Boston has opted
to shut down the right-hander for a few days in hopes that the inflammation
"He's in a couple-of-day shutdown period," manager
John Farrell said. "We're hopeful that he'll initiate a throwing program
likely on the weekend. He underwent the MRI yesterday, which didn't show any
structural issues. He's got some inflammation in the bursa sac area, so
structurally everything is good and I think that's the most encouraging thing
at this point."
Because the team will have to wait for the inflammation to
subside, Farrell added that there is currently no targeted return date for
Buchholz. It seems more and more likely that the starter won’t be back in
Boston’s rotation until after the All-Star break.
The Red Sox have taken a cautious approach with Buchholz, asthey initially pushed back two of his appearances before deciding to place him on the disabled list with his neck injury. It’s now developed into a shoulder issue,
and Boston and Buchholz are content waiting until all discomfort is gone before
activation is considered.
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