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Clay Buchholz | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Angelina (TX) JC
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox activated RHP Clay Buchholz from the 60-day disabled list.
He's now back on the 40-man roster. Buchholz missed the entire second half with a right flexor strain but resumed a throwing program late in the year and will have a normal offseason. Nov 6 - 3:23 PM

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Red Sox exercised RHP Clay Buchholz's $13 million club option for 2016.

The Red Sox were fully expected to do so, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Buchholz could be on the trade block this offseason. The 31-year-old posted a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio over 113 1/3 innings this season prior to going down with a right flexor strain around the All-Star break. The Red Sox also hold a $13.5 million club option on him for 2017.
Nov 3 - 12:51 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox might consider trading Clay Buchholz this offseason.

The club will pick up Buchholz's 13 million option for 2016 this week, but it appears there's a chance they might then flip him to another team. Cafardo notes that other teams "have already made inquiries through back channels" not only about Buchholz but also about Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald is also hearing that a trade of Buchholz is a possibility. The Red Sox need all the pitching they can get right now, but the thinking is that dealing Buchholz could free up some money and a rotation spot as they pursue an ace this offseason. New general manager Dave Dombrowski loves to wheel and deal, so it could be an interesting winter in Boston.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 2 - 10:27 PM

Rob Bradford of said the Red Sox are likely to pick up Clay Buchholz' (elbow) 2016 option.

Buchholz threw a bullpen session Wednesday and came out unscathed, a good sign for the health of his elbow. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski earlier suggested the team would likely pick up his $13 million option for 2016 if he showed he was healthy. Buchholz pitched well before right flexor strain ended his season at the All-Star break.
Sep 30 - 7:38 PM

Clay Buchholz (elbow) on Friday threw 20 pitches to a catcher standing on the plate.

He'll throw a full bullpen session next. Once deemed out for the season with a right flexor strain, it appears now Buchholz could be available late in the year as a reliever.
Sep 25 - 4:37 PM

Clay Buchholz (elbow) could return before the end of the season.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski late last month essentially ruled Buchholz out for the year, but it appears the righty still has a shot to make it back. Buchholz is currently throwing from 105 feet and will soon go to 120 feet before then trying things off a mound. He's missed the entire second half with a right flexor strain. "He’s reporting he feels great," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "It’s piece by piece with him. We just have to make sure he gets out to 120 and we get him on a mound and we see where he’s at. I don’t want to guarantee that we are going to see him this season, but he’s progressing very well and showing signs that he’s going to be healthy."
Sep 13 - 9:29 AM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Friday officially ruled out Clay Buchholz (elbow) for the rest of the season.

Buchholz is slated to resume a throwing program next week as he works his way back from a right flexor strain, but his possible return in September never looked likely. Dombrowski added that the righty's $13 million option for 2016 will be picked up as long as he's healthy, but that's no sure thing at the moment.
Aug 28 - 5:10 PM

Clay Buchholz (elbow) said he will start throwing when the Red Sox return home next week.

The right-hander, who has missed the entire second half, will be re-examined on September 2. Despite the step forward, the odds of Buchholz returning this year aren't good.
Aug 26 - 6:51 PM

The Red Sox are not sure Clay Buchholz (elbow) will make it back this season.

Buchholz was hoping to gain clearance to resume throwing two weeks ago, but he's still yet to pick up a baseball. At this point, there's little for the Red Sox to gain by bringing him back this season. Buchholz has been on the shelf for the entire second half with a right flexor strain.
Aug 21 - 4:40 PM

Clay Buchholz (elbow) hopes to be cleared to resume a throwing program when he has a follow-up visit with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

Even if he does gain clearance, Buchholz will have to be brought along slowly after missing the last month with a right flexor strain. He's not eligible to return to action until early September after being moved to the 60-day disabled list late last month.
Aug 9 - 11:19 AM

Red Sox transferred RHP Clay Buchholz from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for Jean Machi on the 40-man roster and also rules Buchholz out until the early part of September. Of course, Buchholz estimated last week that he's likely about five or six weeks away from throwing off a mound as he recovers from a right flexor strain, so he's no sure thing to pitch again this season.
Jul 28 - 3:10 PM

Clay Buchholz (elbow) estimated Thursday that he's about five or six weeks away from throwing off a mound.

Buchholz received a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday to address a right flexor strain. He's hopeful of pitching again this season, but this timetable leaves him out of the mix until at least early September.
Jul 23 - 5:12 PM

Clay Buchholz will be shut down temporarily following a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right elbow.

Buchholz visited specialist Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and received an opinion consistent with the original diagnosis of a right flexor strain. That's the good news. The bad news is that Buchholz will be shut down indefinitely to let the elbow rest after receiving the injection. There remains no timetable for his return.
Jul 22 - 6:11 PM

Clay Buchholz (elbow) is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion on his elbow.

The team is calling the exam precautionary and is being done to give them and Buchholz peace of mind. The right-hander has seen his elbow stiffness lessen in recent days, but it's still unclear how long he'll be sidelined for.
Jul 17 - 7:07 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that the stiffness in Clay Buchholz's right elbow is starting to dissipate.

It's certainly good news, but it's unclear when Buchholz will be cleared to resume a throwing program. The right-hander is dealing with a right flexor tendon strain and will be sidelined for a while.
Jul 17 - 9:10 AM

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