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Clay Buchholz has not suffered a setback. Let's make that clear up front. The Boston Red Sox ace may not make his scheduled start on Sunday simply because the team wants to be as careful as they can with him. Buchholz has been battling a sore neck and AC joint, and the team wants him to be healthy before he goes out and pitches again.
According to Ian Browne of MLB.com, Buchholz played catch on Wednesday, but manager John Farrell wasn't quite as confident that the young pitcher would start Sunday as he was previously. There's still some soreness Buchholz is dealing with that is making the team second-guess Sunday's return to the mound.
"He threw the ball OK. I think he still felt a little bit of stiffness, but he improved over the last time he had a ball in his hands, with 48 hours of no throw," said Farrell. "We've got to factor in what takes place today and tomorrow for preparing through the rotation through Baltimore. We have options. Obviously we can bring Jon [Lester] back on Sunday and push Clay back to next Tuesday. If there's not marked improvement by tomorrow, we may be looking to do just that."
Buchholz has had a fantastic start to the season and is a big part of why the Red Sox are in first place right now, so it makes sense that Boston would want to be careful with him. Unfortunately, that has meant scattered starts over the last couple weeks as opposed to the consistency Buchholz is used to. Regardless, the 28-year old seems to be handling it well.
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He leads the league with a 9-0 record. He also leads the league with a 1.71 ERA. This is far and away Buchholz's best season so far. If he continues putting up numbers like this all season long, there's a good chance he could claim the American League Cy Young Award.
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