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After a rough week in pitching – and a surprising start too – the mound is the focus of attention. Here’s Thursday’s edition of the Sox Scratch Pad:
Buchholz Start May Be Pushed Back, Again
Buchholz’s start was pushed back to Sunday in Baltimore to account for his still-stiff trapezius. Well, now he might not pitch in Baltimore.
According to the Boston Herald‘s Scott Lauber, Buchholz experienced some stiffness after playing catch on Wednesday. John Farrell has not come out and said anything concrete, but he did have comments to support another start delay.
“The fact that he’s stil feeling some stiffness, we’ve got to factor that in. This would only be two additional days than his normal rest. Much like we took the approach the last time, we’ll go when he’s ready.”
– Boston Herald
Sometimes having a stiff something or a sore something else is worse than having a concrete injury; having a more defined injury will give a more distinct time table. Now he’s the three words we all hate t
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