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Despite shoulder issue, Clay Buchholz will start Game 4

Oct 25, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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The Red Sox will go with starter Clay Buchholz in Game 4 of the World Series, reports USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale on Twitter. Some were concerned that Buchholz, dealing with tightness in his right shoulder, would have to be skipped in the rotation, but that won’t be the case.

According to Brooks Baseball, Buchholz showed significantly diminished velocity on his fastball in his last start. Buchholz most recently pitched in the final game of the ALCS against the Tigers, going five innings and allowing two runs. In his prior two starts of the 2013 post-season, he allowed eight runs in 11.2 innings, including three home runs.

Buchholz dealt with bursitis in his right shoulder during the regular season, keeping him out for three months between June 9 and September 9. Before the injury, he was having a Cy Young caliber season, going on the disabled list with a 1.71 ERA in 12 starts.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    At first blush, I was happy with this move, cause I though Doubront was the alternative, and the Cards certainly struggle with lefties. But more thought lead me to believe it may be the best approach. If he succeeds that gives the Sox a boost. However, if he stumbles, he is probably on a short leash, and it is an easy move due to his “fatigue”, and then Doubront can be brought in with a line-up that will probably include Adams and perhaps Descalso.

  2. gameover78 - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    As long as Breslow stays off the field, I’m happy

  3. aceshigh11 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Great idea, guys! It’s always smart to throw a game away in the World Series.

    Goddamnit.

  4. APBA Guy - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Three months for bursitis in a guy that age, only to have symptoms appear again less than a month later. Hmmm. What could be causing that? I imagine they have MRI’d the hell out of that shoulder, and cortisone has been administered etc..The lack of info is just maddening. Shoulder impingement, loose bodies, a tear…what?

    Anyway, in a short series, a diminished capacity seems like a crazy move. But his secondary pitches are so good that the staff may feel the risk (of getting shelled) is offset by the chance he can eek out 5 innings without significant damage. That shows the level of confidence they have in Dempster and Dubront.

    The problem with that is, of course, if the go into the 6th behind the Cardinals, and the Cards can then unleash their bullpen. The Red Sox offense will have to pound Lance Lynn to make using Buchholz a viable plan. Trouble is, in a short series like this, there is no do-over.

  5. theskinsman - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Let’s worry about game 3 first.I have more confidence in a damaged Bucholz than a healthy Peavy. Prove me wrong,Peavy!

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