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Clay Buchholz not expecting to return before All-Star break

Jun 29, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz acknowledged to MLB.com’s Ian Browne on Wednesday that he is unlikely to return from the disabled list before the All-Star break and may even be out until late July.

Buchholz has been sidelined since June 16 with a lower back strain and felt renewed soreness Tuesday while attempting to throw a bullpen session.

The 26-year-old told reporters that he is not allowing himself to be frustrated by the setback and is looking forward to having health on his side down the stretch.

“I’d rather come back after the All-Star break and be healthy,” said Buchholz. “I want to make sure I’m ready for August and September. “If something happens and I go out and pitch and feel 80 percent, then this happens again and I have to go back on the DL, that’s not what I, or I don’t think the team wants. That’s where we’re at right now.”

Buchholz has registered a quality 3.48 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 14 starts this season, with 60 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings. He signed a four-year, $29.945 million contract extension with Boston in early April.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Vance Worley was amazing tonight. Holding the Red Sox to 1 run (driven in by Lackey) over 7 innings is one hell of an accomplishment for the unheralded 23 year old rookie. Oh, then two other rookies come in and shut the door. Way to go Phils!!!

    • pisano - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      What is really amazing is that piece of sh#t Lackey didn’t get knocked out of the game before the fifth inning. He most likely won’t disappoint in his future starts.

  2. bigharold - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Thanks Phils.

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Rumor is that Lackey will be playing first base tomorrow to get his bat in the lineup.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Buchholz should take his time and be ready for maybe 2019 spring training

    • pisano - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM

      Hopefully Buchholz and that malignant dwarf Pedroia will be distant memories by 2019.

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