When Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz's neck ailment cropped us earlier this month, the team hoped simply pushing back his start would allow him time to recover. It didn't, and the Red Sox ultimately placed him on the disabled list. Last week, Boston was hoping to have Buchholz back when eligible today, but this also won't happen. It's now not clear when the right-hander will return, and it's evident that the Red Sox and Buchholz are not interested in rushing him back to the mound, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
In order to make today's start, Buchholz would have had to complete a simulated game over the weekend. That didn't happen, and the return was again pushed back.
Now, it's not clear when Buchholz will be back, as he must first make at least one minor league rehab appearance before he rejoins the Red Sox. It's clear that Boston and Buchholz are willing to take it slow now to ensure the right-hander is available for the final part of the season.
"I try to take it one stride at a time, but for this
year, I want to be here through the last two months of the season and grinding
it out. I want to be healthy for that. If it takes me missing a couple of
starts, then I'm on board with it," Buchholz said last week. "That's
what I told John Farrell, I told the medical staff, I want to be 100 percent
when I take the mound. If that's not for two weeks, then that's what I'm going
Buchholz has been solid in the past, but he took it to a whole new level over his first 12 starts of the 2013 season. Over 84 1/3 innings, the 28-year-old maintained an ERA and WHIP of 1.71 and 1.020.
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