It's been quite a season for Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz. Buchholz was the dominant arm in the early going, made the All-Star team, caused a minor incident in Toronto and was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA. Then he slept funny, missed three months, underwent MRI's, CAT scans, second opinions and had his toughness questioned. All that ends Tuesday in Tampa.
Buchholz is back.
Buchholz returns to the mound to face a Rays team that currently trails the Sox by 7 1/2 games in the AL East. It's expected that Buchholz will throw between 70-80 pitches. After not pitching for 94 days, Buchholz said he's ready for this start and more.
“Mentally I’m ready. I think that’s what everyone was questioning — mental toughness and everything. But I know my body better than everybody else does. I’m comfortable pitching now. There’s nothing wrong that’s come up. Hopefully [I'll] have four starts left in the season. That’s for us to keep winning and ...