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Clay Buchholz makes early exit from start due to stiff back

Jun 16, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal passes along word that right-hander Clay Buchholz had to be pulled prematurely from his Thursday evening start against the Rays due to back stiffness.

Buchholz surrendered just two hits and one earned run over five innings before exiting and had thrown only 81 pitches. He’s been bothered by this back ailment since the beginning of June and has also been pitching through a blister on his finger.

The Red Sox are calling his early departure “precautionary” and have not indicated that he’s going to need to miss his next start, but they’re adding rotation depth in Andrew Miller next week and could simply skip Buchholz one time through the rotation to be safe. Ian Browne of has an indication of what that might look like.

Buchholz, 26, has registered a quality 3.48 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 14 starts this season.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    He should talk to Big Papi. Whatever helped him get his bat speed back at age 35 might help his back heal quicker.

    • bobwsc - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      more unfunniness – you don’t disappoint.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        I have to be honset- I can’t think of a single post you’ve made, so the fact that you remember what seems like multiple posts of mine from your comment- I’m actually kind of flattered. Thanks!

    • bobwsc - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      whether you know mine or not, your multiple variations of “papi’s dominican milkshakes” is tired. tell me your team and I’ll name several who are dirty.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Cool, I’m starting a fan club!

  3. bobwsc - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    you’ll do well; even Charles Manson had followers.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 17, 2011 at 6:26 PM

      Hey, Leslie Van Houton was kind of cute!

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