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Clay Buchholz to visit Dr. James Andrews

Jul 21, 2013, 12:41 PM EST

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Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz looked like a potential Cy Young Award candidate out of the gate this season, posting a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over his first 84 1/3 innings. But he hasn’t pitched since June 8 due to discomfort in his neck and right shoulder and isn’t getting any closer to returning.

According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, plans are being made for a visit to the office of Dr. James Andrews. The Red Sox aren’t certain that the Andrews exam will yield any answers, but it allows them to check off certain boxes as the frustration grows over what exactly is ailing their star pitcher.

“I don’t see why I wouldn’t,” Buchholz told reporters on Saturday evening. “I don’t really know why it’s taking as long as it is. That’s definitely part of it, for me at least. Obviously knowing the MRIs and all things I’ve done, they show there’s nothing going on in there. But there’s something going because it doesn’t feel right.”

Boston enters play Sunday with a game-and-a-half lead over the Rays in the American League East.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    This spells Doom for my fantasy team.

  2. patsandsox - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I wonder how badly the Red Sox medical staff has messed up Clay? Anyone they get their hands on is upgraded from slight problem to needs surgery.
    When will Mr Henry learn that he needs to fire the whole crew and hire new, competent people?

    • professor30 - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      They did that at the end of last season. This a new medical staff this year from top to bottom, doctors to asst trainers. They waited a month to get him an MRI and then another 2 weeks to have him see a specialist. I think they’re afraid of what he might find. New staff same results.

  3. mustangmach - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Andrews….. the Kiss of Death……..

    Its kind of like being on the wrong end of a Buffy Summers stare…..

  4. uyf1950 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Shoulder Soreness + Second Opinion + Dr. Andrews = Big, Big Trouble for a Pitcher

  5. gotampabay52 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Here comes the Rays to take over as the Beast of the East

  6. redsoxchamp11 - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    wake up gotb52

    you got back in it by beating fluff while everyone else was playing competitive opponents. There is something to be saod about beating the teams you’re supposed to, but if you didn’t have that 10-12 of fluff before the break…you wouldn’t be close.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      RSC11, with all due respect, NOT sure the Red Sox schedule was a whole lot tougher starting July. Padres 3 games, Angles 3 games, Mariners 4 games then finally the A’s for 3 before the ASB. Sure the Rays was a bit easier but considering the Sox are 9-6 in July and the Rays are 14-2 in July the difference in schedules isn’t that much that it would account for the Rays picking up 4.5 games in the standings.

  7. redsoxchamp11 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    a bit easier is a bit of an understatement. In July, the Rays have played four series versus teams in last place or next to last in their division with a cumulative win percentage of just under .400. Boston’s competition has been exactly .500 and its only that low because we played SD. otherwise its North of .500. Bostons opponents have had 52 more wins than the rays and all of those with exception of SD were road games. So….yeah I’d say the sox was a tougher schedule, and don’t get used to playing at a 14-2 clip as much tougher comp is on the horizon.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      My friend with all due respect. Your reply is trying to distort the facts. Sure the Sox schedule was a tougher as I mentioned. But the Sox competition was at .500 not only because of them playing the lowly Padres but it was brought up to that by playing the A’s who on July 6th had a winning percentage of .580. It’s not fair for you to bring up the Padres dragging down the Sox percentage without also mentioning the 3 games against the Athletics that actually bought it up.

      One could like you contend that the Rays percentage is unusually low because they played the Astros. In much the same vein as you brought up the Padres. Besides you act as if you would have fans believe the Red Sox haven’t played the Astros, White Sox or Twins this season, when clearly that isn’t the case.

      All I’m trying to say is give credit where credit is due. Regardless of who the Rays have played going 14-2 over their last 16 games is very good, period.

  8. buffalo65 - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Karma for cheating.

  9. walterwhite1976 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I hate to break it to Mr. Ray, but as a Red Sox fan I fear the Orioles much more than the Rays…..Well, there is one thing I fear about the Rays, having to watch a game in that God-awful venue known as the Trop. A baseball dungeon. That being said, I believe Clay Bucholtz is brittle, and the Sox are in a bit of trouble.

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