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According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe Redsox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw off a mound on Wednesday in Boston, but the session was cut short after only 18 pitches. Buchholz was immediately sent for an MRI. Buccholz has been on the disabled list since June 8 with a sore trapezius muscle.
Before landing on the DL Buchholz had been one of the top pitchers in baseball, going 9-0 with a MLB best 1.71 ERA.
Sox manager John Farrell told the media that , “about 15 or 18 pitches in with decent intensity he started to feel it.” His own words were, ‘It’s not ready yet.’”
With Buchholz on the DL, the Red Sox have had some shaky starts by Jon Lester and Ryan Demspter and the bullpen has also cost the Sox some games late, thanks in large part to Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey, who blew two saves this past week.
The Red Sox need Buchholz back as soon as possible, but they do not need to rush him back. The last thing the Red Sox need is for their ace to end up on the 60 day DL or needing season ending surgery.In Boston, it seems that every time Buchholz is about to break out, he follows the “breakout” by a long cold streak or several trips to the DL.
If healthy, Buchholz has the ability to be one of baseball’s best pitchers, as few have his as electric and dynamite stuff. In addition to stuff, Buchholz also has a plethora of pitches that he can throw at any time for strikes.