Originally posted on FenwayNation  |  Last updated 7/25/13
Conflicting comments, conflicting claims, conflicting time frames—those are the basic elements that make up The Great Clay Buchholz Conundrum of 2013. What the heck is the truth? On the one hand, it appears pretty evident that every medical expert from Dr. James Andrews to Doogie Howser, M.D. (who may actually be on the Red Sox medical staff) says Buchholz is physically OK. Except, according to Buchholz, Andrews also told him he could expect to make only "4 or 5" more starts in the regular season. Huh? According to the Red Sox plan, the righty is supposed to throw three bullpen sessions, a simulated game and at least one rehab start (likely at AAA Pawtucket), and then......(you would think) re-join the Red Sox rotation. That would amount to a lot more than "4 or 5" starts. So, what is Andrews talking about? And why doesn't somebody in the Red Sox hierarchy clear this up? Obviously, whatever the truth is will have an impact on whether the team looks for another starter in the trade market.
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