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Clay Buchholz is on the comeback trail

Sep 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Clay Buchholz was initially expected to miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back, but said last week that he still hopes to return for the playoffs and was able to complete a problem-free throwing session yesterday.

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Buchholz made 50 throws from 60-90 feet and is scheduled to stretch things out to 105 feet today.

He still has a long way to go before potentially being ready to rejoin the Red Sox’s rotation, particularly if Buchholz is going to convince them to throw him right into the postseason fire after three months on the sidelines, and the biggest test will come in a week or so when he tries to throw off a mound for the first time.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    only way you will see this guy this year again is if your watching a rerun

    • rollinghighwayblues - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      Your act is very tired. God, give it a rest.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 7, 2011 at 8:30 PM

        who asked you?

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      You are one sick and hateful individual.

      Would someone please ban this worthless P.O.S. already? He brings nothing to this site other than unrestrained nastiness and negativity.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

        P.O.S? Go look in the mirror jack!! I talk for the people!!

  2. mornelithe - Sep 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Good luck to Clay, seriously. Definitely one of the more impressive starters for the Sox. If his inconsistency of his past few starts is because of the stress fracture, it will truly be great to see him back in healthy form.

  3. bigleagues - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    I don’t expect the boys at Hard Talk to keep up with every detail of a players injury recovery, but Gleeman is a bit off saying that said Bucholz was expected to miss the rest of the season.

    Since early August the reporting and general thinking in Boston has been the goal for Bucky to target the end of the season for a return with being the playoffs, of course, being the ultimate goal.

    While it was speculated he may not back it back at all this season, the Red Sox have never stated that he was shut down for the year or that there was no possibility of a return.

    So for the intimate Red Sox observers, like myself, this update on Buchholz progress is exactly what we were expecting (and hoping) to hear.

    And, considering that just over 24 hours ago the prospects of going deep into the post-season was looking pretty dim, I’ll take any positive health news I can get on the SP’s.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      Good post.

      I wouldn’t say that the Sox going deep into the post-season looks dim. They were in a bit of an offensive swoon before last night, and Beckett’s injury certainly hasn’t helped the mood…

      …but I think that if they can break out of the offensive slump (which it appears they did last night) and get Beckett and Bedard healthy, they’ll be okay.

      As Craig often says, playoff winners are often the “hot” team of the moment rather than the better team on paper. I’d rather have them dragging butt now than in 2-3 weeks.

      • bigleagues - Sep 7, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        Good post, as well!

        I agree with that line of thought. If healthy, I don’t there is anyone that thinks the Red Sox can’t win in the post-season . . . they may win with a Lester, Bedard and an adequate performance or two from ‘Lacking’ in a slugfest against the Yankees or Rangers, but without their best Starting Pitchers healthy, they don’t stand much of chance against the Phillies big guns and BP.

        It will be anxious few weeks to see how Bucky and Beckett progress. It would be a shame for the season to evaporate into a lost cause because of pitching health issues – especially with a potential dream matchup (for the Colonies anyway) of Philly and Beantown.

        BTW, if Beckett and Buchholz remain uncertain and the Sox get bounced early – can’t you see Epstein going on the warpath to add a big reliable arm *somehow* to front of that rotation?

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