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UPDATE: Clay Buchholz on track for Yankees series despite back issue

Jun 4, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tells us that Buchholz will indeed start against the Yankees next week.

Apologies for the false alarm. Carry on, everyone.

2:02 PM: First the Yankees miss Dan Haren, now this?

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated this morning that Clay Buchholz may miss his scheduled start next Wednesday against the Yankees due to concerns about discomfort in his lower back.

“I think the way he explained it was that it didn’t hurt, but I think it was on his mind that maybe it was going to hurt,” Francona said. “I think he was wondering if he was going to get to a certain point and it was going to grab at him, and it didn’t. I think we want to sit down with him and figure out the best way to go forward, whether it’s in five days or give him a couple extra days.”

Buchholz allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings last night in a no-decision against the Athletics. The 26-year-old right-hander is 4-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 49/26 K/BB ratio over his first 12 starts this season.

Tim Wakefield was scheduled to throw a bullpen session today just in case he’s needed to start against the Bombers next week.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Awwwwww poor Clay. We may never figure R. A. Dickey out, but we sure as hell know Tim Wakefield!

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      Wow, you’ve figured out how to hit a 44-year old knuckleballer with a gimpy back after 17 years?

      You must be so proud of yourselves.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 4, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        The part we can’t figure out is why the Sox still trot him out.

  2. jimbo1949 - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    That’s OK, since his relief is gonna be Papelbumm.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Maybe that stupid white-trash mullet Buchholz wears is starting to put a strain on his back.

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