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Clay Buchholz cleared to start on Tuesday

Sep 8, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

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Scott Labuer of the Boston Herald shares the big news:

NEW YORK — Clay Buchholz‘ long nightmare is over.

After missing three months with a shoulder injury that seemed like it would never heal, Buchholz is slated to start Tuesday night’s series opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. As one final tuneup, he threw a bullpen session here today.

Buchholz opened the season 9-0 with a dominant 1.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 81/29 K/BB ratio over his first 84 1/3 innings, but he hasn’t appeared in a major league game since June 8.

“Mentally I’m ready,” Buchholz told reporters after his bullpen session Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium. “I think that’s what everyone was questioning — mental toughness and everything. But I know my body better than everybody else does. I’m comfortable pitching now. There’s nothing wrong that’s come up.”

Boston entered play Sunday with a huge 8.5-game lead in the American League East standings.

  1. theskinsman - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    About time! Go Sox!

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I really hope he is healed.

    I am still expecting this to turn into surgery and wiping out next season. But even if that does happen, it’d be nice to get a few more solid starts out of him this year.

    Especially if it means less Ryan Dumpster.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      It appears to mean less Dubront.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        Buchholz completed his rehab assignment on Thursday. He tossed just 3 2/3 innings in the outing and will likely be a little limited from a pitch count standpoint Tuesday, but the Sox are ready to throw him back in there. The club hasn’t revealed whose rotation spot Buchholz will take, but Ryan Dempster is the most likely to get the boot. Sep 6 – 9:18 AM
        Source: Boston Herald

        From his Rotoworld profile linked above.

        While they have both been turding up the punchbowl lately, Dumpster’s ERA since the break is over 6 and Doubront’s is 4.58.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        According to Rotoworld at 4:42PM, Peter Abraham twittered that Dubront’s next start will be skipped.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        Can they skip both of them?

        Because that’d be awesomest.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        How many off days do they have? I am sure that they will have the opportunity to go primarily with a 4 man rotation should they wish.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        It looks to me that the Red Sox, should they choose, would only need a 5th starter against The Yankees and The Jays.

    • Glenn - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      He has been cleared of all injury possibilities with many examinations and an MRI or two. Whatever his problem has been, there is no indication that a serious injury is lurking. Of course, he is a pitcher and every pitch could be his last.

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