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Clay Buchholz to be re-examined after setback with shoulder

Jul 18, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

Clay Buchholz AP AP

Clay Buchholz hasn’t pitched in a game since June 8 due to shoulder problems. And six weeks later, it’s still not clear when he’ll be ready to return to the Red Sox.

Buchholz felt renewed soreness during a bullpen session on Sunday and didn’t pick up a baseball during the All-Star break. Red Sox manager John Farrell told Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston that the injured right-hander is now slated to be re-examined by team orthopedist Peter Asnis on Friday.

“We have every intention and hope and outlook that he will resume pitching this season,” Farrell said Thursday, where the Red Sox held a voluntary workout. “I wish I could give you an exact date, to be honest with you. And Clay would, too.”

Buchholz isn’t scheduled to undergo an MRI at this time, but Farrell indicated that Asnis could deem one necessary. Even if he receives good news, he’ll have to start his throwing program from square one. That means his absence will likely stretch well into August.

Buchholz has a 1.71 ERA and 81/29 K/BB ratio over 84 1/3 innings in 12 starts this season. With his status in doubt, the Red Sox could be on the lookout for a starting pitcher leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

  1. missthemexpos - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Matt Garza come on down.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    He is out for a while. Webster has not been a good replacement. The head case has been exiled to the minors. Not sure if they would seriously bid on Garza. I suspect that they would be more interested in Bud Norris.

    • sabatimus - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Garza might be a decent option, but at what price..

  3. kjericho43 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Garza is 29. A solid #2. You make the trade knowing he will supplant Lackey/Dempster/Lester in the next 2 years. NO Xander, NO Bradley, NO Cechinni, NO Webster or Ranaudo or Owens (one of them, sure). Plenty of other depth to choose. Oh yeah….he needs to be signable. (Assuming Clay has issues that is)

    • Glenn - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      “A solid #2.” So many jokes, so little time.

      • missthemexpos - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        Fresh blueberry season up here in Canada, just can’t get enough, and of course #2 is just not as solid.

    • sabatimus - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      I’m not sure Garza would be a solid number two in Boston. Though Webster has been terrible, and it’s far to early to call up Ranaudo.

  4. ame123 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    What are the Sox going to offer for Cliff Lee if they get desperate?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      50% off Tommy John surgery?

  5. boyofzimmer - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    On the verge of reaching his immense potential… Some guys are truly snake-bit..

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Red Sox medical staff.

    Still doing the best they can.

    Let’s just hope the forthcoming surgery happens before it wipes out all of NEXT year too.

    • drewzducks - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

  7. wildbillsrodeo - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Clay is a softie with the ego and fortitude an 8th grader. We need durable and tough starters in the rotation. Get a proven starter like Garza for the stretch run and move on without him in the offseason. Despite his Beckett-like clinginess to drama, at least Josh backed up his ego with a World Series. Clay is muy fragile!

    • sabatimus - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM


  8. 13arod - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Just retire Buchholz if u keep on getting differnt injyrs just retire

  9. sidelineshot - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    SHE will eventually get better …

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