Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 6/27/12
Mlb-athletics-red-sox-jul

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was hospitalized with what the club announced Tuesday night was esophagitis, an inflammation that damages tissues of the esophagus, the muscular tube that delivers food from your mouth to your stomach.

According to a message on Twitter late Tuesday night from his wife, Lindsay Clubine, Buchholz is being released from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he has been undergoing treatment.

"Clay finally gets to come home!" Clubine tweeted at around 11:30 Tuesday night. "Stomach issues are under control & he feels good. Now we just have to fatten him up! Thanks for the prayers!"

According to a major league source, the club is concerned about a tear "near the esophagus," and the possibility of infection. Buchholz is not expected back until after the All-Star break, the source said.

"Clay Buchholz has esophagitis, which led to an erosion of the esophagus and an associated gastrointestinal bleed,'' the team said in a brief statement. "He has been evaluated and observed at Mass. General Hospital. Clay is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery."

ESPNBoston | Clay Buchholz has esophagitis

We should have had our guard up over Clay being hospitalized, but this still comes as a bit of a surprise. As this piece points out later, being out until the All-Star Break means five starts.

Now, obviously, Clay's health is what matters, but I don't know anything about how he's feeling, what brought it on, or esophagitis in general, so I'm going to talk about it in relation to the Red Sox. (Besides, if you start to speculate, it gets dangerous. Callers on the DA Show last night were speculating that he has alcohol or pain killer problems, with very little proof.)

With Beckett due back this weekend, the rotation can still be somewhat normal. Lester, Beckett, Doubront, Matsuzaka, Morales/Cook isn't great...but it isn't the end of the world either. Having both Morales and Cook available is a bit of a luxury, considering Morales has been better than would be expected.

That said, it puts even more of a spotlight on Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury to get back. We'll need all the offense possible with this rotation (Doubront, Daisuke, and Morales, despite how they've performed this year, are far from sure things). We need these guys.

On page 2, Daisuke has believers.

“I asked him if he believed in himself and if he was ready to go,” manager Bobby Valentine said of his first-inning visit to the mound. “To give up one run in that inning was good pitching. His best effort yet.”

Last night, Matsuzaka was seeking more than effort though. He was seeking his 50th career victory. If he’d gotten it, he would have become the fifth fastest Red Sox pitcher to 50 wins since 1918 behind only Jon Lester [stats], Tex Hughson, Dave Ferriss and Roger Clemens. That’s healthy company despite the fact many in Boston consider him a disappointment.

To that Farrell said, “The easy thing is to pick out the negatives. Overall he’s been a very good pitcher. He’s had some problems with fatigue and injuries but his first two years he was a 33-game winner. What he did in Japan generated that contract ($103 million counting the $51 million ransom paid to his team for negotiating rights). In my eyes, absolutely he’s a successful major league pitcher.”

Herald | Dicey yet 'successful'

Dice is a good example of how contracts throw off the perception of players. He's been frustrating to watch, but he hasn't been as horrible as we feel like he have. He just hasn't been a game-changing ace. Which is fine, most pitchers aren't.

It will be very interesting to see what happens with Daisuke this offseason. What if he continues to pitch relatively well, puts up a 4.00-ish ERA, and is a rare steady force in a crazy situation? Could teams actually end up having bidding wars over his services? Could the Red Sox actually be interested in retaining him?

ESPNBoston | Jarrod Saltalamacchia keys Red Sox's rally by Jays | Red Sox have varied contributors | Jacoby Ellsbury to start rehab Friday | Josh Beckett slated for Saturday start | President ribs Boston crowd | Herald | Sox use rare rally | Positive swing | Pedroia back in swing | Reliever Melancon goes back to Arizona roots | Globe | Sox are winners in the end | Ellsbury headed to Florida | Matsuzaka is able to find answers | Sox issue statement on Buchholz | CSNNE | Matsuzaka responds nicely after first-inning trouble | Pedroia finishes what Saltalamacchia starts in 7th inning | Red Sox come alive late, beat Blue Jays, 5-1 | Cherington shoots down rifts between Red Sox players, Valentine | Lillibridge makes first start with Red Sox in center field

[Image]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Redskins fan who named son after RG3: ‘I don’t regret it at all’

Arthur Blank on Roger Goodell: ‘Change may be appropriate’

Belichick gives typical reply to question about Brady's freedom

Goodell not attending season opener at Gillette Stadium

Jakub Voracek will donate $1,000 for every point he scores

Dwayne Bowe reportedly in danger of being cut by Browns

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Slava Voynov taken into custody by U.S Immigration

The Redskins finally catch a break with Jamison Crowder

GM's wife reportedly pressured by Redskins to apologize

Five Nebraska players suspended for opener named

Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly plans to join Giants next week

Curt Schilling suspended by ESPN for rest of MLB season

Freshmen to watch in Week 1 of college football

Early returns on Manny Machado, MLB shortstop

Judge Berman offered free coffee for life

Conor McGregor insults Jose Aldo, plans move to lightweight

Angry Indy columnist: Don't fall for 'Deflategate magic trick'

Staubach calls Romo 'one of the best quarterbacks in the league'

Utah forbade Harbaugh-themed bus from campus

Sarah Thomas working Giants-Patriots is great for NFL’s future

Clayton Kershaw and his chance at 300 strikeouts

Terrell Owens, wife have Twitter fight over wife swap show

Sonny Gray's AL Cy Young push

The 10 most embarrassing blunders in NFL history

2015 could be one of Peyton Manning's worst seasons

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Gospel Of Harbaugh prepares for its ultimate test of faith

Meet the Utah Utes, the pluckiest program in college football

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker