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Clay Buchholz diagnosed with esophagitis, out indefinitely

Jun 26, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

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The Red Sox finally have a diagnosis on right-hander Clay Buchholz, who was sent to the hospital and placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with was being described as a “gastro-intestinal illness.”

According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal the 27-year-old starter has esophagitis, “which led to an erosion of the esophagus and an associated gastrointestinal bleed.” He’s expected to make a full recovery, but there is no mapped-out timetable for his return to major league action.

Buchholz has registered a 5.53 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 58/34 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings this season.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Well, that’s one way to get him to stop looking like a moron with that chewing tobacco in his mouth…..

    • droopyyydog1 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Exactly. I dipped for about 10 years and by the end I couldn’t eat any acidy food ( tomatoes, OJ etc. ) and even ice water caused acid reflux.

      • pisano - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

        I’ve said this before, all that shit should be outlawed. Years ago 60 Minutes did a segment on chewing tobacco and the subject was a 19 year old man who died from mouth (oral) cancer. I hope Buchholz takes this as a warning and quits this crap. Good luck to him.

  2. cereal blogger - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I wonder if the Sox wish they kept Masterson over him ???

  3. withoutapaddle4 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Might just be all the fried chicken he had

  4. marcstck - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Despite the chewing tobacco, and the fact that he looks like one of those little troll dolls, Buchholz has one of the hottest wives in baseball… Go figure.

    • sabatimus - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      And one of the most annoying wives in baseball. Perhaps that added to it.

  5. teaspoon1731 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    seriously? kid’s in the hospital. i don’t care if you hate the sox, have a little respect for a human being.

    • pisano - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Amen, nothing to joke about.

    • bigleagues - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      I love the Red Sox and I’m pissed at the guy. His diet – not tobacco- has been a sticking point with the Red Sox for some time. He’s admitted that his food intake consists of fast food and little else.

      Doesn’t matter if he’s got a high metabolism and can keep the weight off. His cholesterol and acidity is still likely to be off the charts, and both of those things can lead to significant problems – as we are likely seeing here.

  6. randygnyc - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    No jokes from me. A GI bleed can be serious. Even fatal. He’ll have to be careful, even with taking an ordinary aspirin, for the rest of his life. Coffee and alcohol, should be avoided. Hoping he recovers quickly and fully won’t stop me from rooting against him on the field, though.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      Good comment.

    • atworkident - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      No jokes?

      C’mon laughter is the best medicine. Isn’t that why they let people comment on posts? Patch Adams made a career off of sick people. A Red Sox player bleeding begs for a Curt Schilling sock joke.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    What the hell?? Can ANYBODY on this damned team stay healthy?

    This is well past the point of absurdity. What next? Ortiz out of the lineup because he can’t get a piece of apple skin out from between his teeth?

  8. CJ - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    See kids? This is what happens when using tobacco products and consuming beer and fried chicken in excess.

    Not a joke, just a PSA.

  9. vanmorrissey - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Problem is, that until it got diagnosed the utter fatigue and tiredness associated with a bleeding esophagus is a gradual progression of which you had no idea about. Until diagnosed with it 15 years ago, you thought maybe its an ulcer, something in the colon causing a bleed, and a lot of TUMS, then going in and having four units of blood in a transfusion, then you realize it’s pretty serious. And after learning the hard way and just undergoing my third trip to the hospital for transfusions, it’s iron supplements the rest of your life. Not that it’s unmanageable or really tragic, it’s not, there’s lots worse, but the anemia it causes can be handled you just have to be smart, a little careful, and he’ll be just like normal, that’s all. A problem that can be managed.

  10. The Rabbit - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I think chewing tobacco is disgusting; however, as someone who has been diagnosed in the past with a similar condition (and has never chewed once), the underlying cause may be something else… and not diet related either.
    I hope he gets well soon.

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