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Clay Buchholz lands on disabled list with strained lower back

Jun 19, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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With left-hander Andrew Miller arriving in the majors Monday and two scheduled off days before the end of June, the Red Sox have decided to give right-hander Clay Buchholz some needed rest.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Buchholz was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s game due to the lower back strain that he suffered on Thursday night against the Rays. It’s not a serious injury and the hope is that he will feel well enough to return to the major league rotation around July 2, the first day he’s eligible.

Buchholz, 26, has a 3.48 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 60 strikeouts through 82 2/3 innings this season.

  1. pisano - Jun 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    You had to think he would have endurance problems. He has a very small frame and gets a lot out of his stature.

    • JBerardi - Jun 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      I wouldn’t say he’s got a small frame; he’s lanky as hell but at 6’3″ how small can his frame really be?

      His endurance doesn’t seem to be a problem in actual games (ie, he holds his velocity well late into games), but he did miss time last year with a hamstring problem as well so his ability to hold up over 30+ starts/220 innings is still somewhat questionable.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 19, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Andrew Miller has some big shoes to fill , on his starts the team will most likely rely on the offense to win the game and Miller to try and keep the game under control and eat some innings , he surely will be no Bucholz but he should be a decent plug.

    • JBerardi - Jun 19, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      “he surely will be no Bucholz but he should be a decent plug.”

      It wasn’t that long ago when people thought Miller would be better than Buchholz. Lefties who hit 97 on the gun and flash plus sliders will do that to scouts. Of course, he’s been awful basically his entire pro career and the chances of him developing into a top of the rotation guy are very slim, but the point is you can actually dream on Miller a little bit. He’s not necessarily just a fill-in.

  3. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Well if you would like me to dream on him then i will do just that , he has had a good season at triple A this year , he has been lit up in FLA previously but we will see how he does , i was saying clay is pitching great this year and it would be hard to do what he has.

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