Boston Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz has been arguably the most dominant pitcher in baseball when healthy this season, but he’s currently working his way back from a right shoulder injury. On Thursday the Red Sox announced their ace hit a bump in the road in his recovery and could be out even longer than anticipated.
In 12 starts this season Buchholz has posted a 9-0 record with a 1.71 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. Any hope that he would be back to bolster Boston’s rotation quickly vanished Thursday with reports that he has lingering soreness in his injured throwing shoulder. He is set to be re-examined by team orthopedist Peter Asnis on Friday. He has not had an MRI since June 27 and may need to undergo another.
Buchholz is currently on the 15-day disabled list and hasn’t pitched since June 8 and is said to be suffering through shoulder bursitis. He has only pitched twice since May 22, and then only for 11.2 innings. Over the last five weeks he has been diagnosed with irritation in the AC joint and a strained trapezius muscle (along with bursitis) both of which impact a pitcher’s delivery.
Red Sox manager John Farrell had the following to say about Buchholz:
“We have every intention and hope and outlook that he will resume pitching this season. I wish I could give you an exact date, to be honest with you. And Clay would, too.”
“There’s no one more frustrated in this than Clay, and that needs to be made clear. He’s a strong competitor, he recognizes the situation we’re in and he wants to be on the mound. That’s the bottom line. But at the same time, his body’s telling him one thing.”
Buchholz was working his way back through a throwing program but had to stop because of repeated soreness in his shoulder. Following his last bullpen session on Sunday he felt he couldn’t pick up a baseball again for a while.
It’s more than likely at this point that he won’t be around until at least mid-August, since the Red Sox will take it very slowly with their best pitcher. Currently they just have to hope he can be ready for the postseason.
We should know more about his status after he meets with doctors on Friday.