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Clay Buchholz will delay rehab to build up arm strength

Jul 13, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will not begin his rehab as originally scheduled, according to Tim Britton. Buchholz has been dealing with bursitis in his right shoulder and hasn’t pitched since June 8.

More from Britton’s column:

The plan now is for Buchholz to throw a bullpen session Sunday, possibly another on Tuesday in New York at the All-Star Game and then to return to Boston for a simulated game toward the end of next week. If all that goes well, then Buchholz would go out for a single rehab start, after which he could come back to the Red Sox rotation.

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“It’s a little bit different than we had kind of put together initially,” manager John Farrell said. “The most important thing is there’s no issues shoulder-wise, any kind of discomfort. He’s just in basically that reconditioning phase, getting back closer to game shape.”

Buchholz was an early frontrunner in the AL Cy Young award conversation, posting a 1.71 ERA with a 9-0 record over 12 starts, and a career high strikeout rate of 25 percent. Britton suggests that the delay may create an incentive for the Red Sox to add a starter before the July 31 trade deadline.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I wonder who will replace him on the All Star roster?

  2. norvturnersneck - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Will he use another form of hair product on the ball?

    • Glenn - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Sunscreen is a hair product?

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Get your facts straight before throwing barbs. Plus, you know that dude’s flow is 100% natural. Dude should be playing hockey with that hair.

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