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Clay Buchholz | Starting Pitcher | #11

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Angelina (TX) JC
Drafted: 2005 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / BOS
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Clay Buchholz has been moved back to the bullpen.
He was slated to serve as Boston's fifth starter coming out of the break but that was before the Red Sox acquired Drew Pomeranz from the Padres. Buchholz may not be in the pen for long. Eduardo Rodriguez was added to the rotation following a brief minor league demotion and could be on a short leash. Regardless of where the Red Sox put him, Buchholz won't be a fantasy option and hasn't been for a long time. Jul 16 - 2:39 PM

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The Red Sox plan to use Clay Buchholz as their fifth starter coming out of the All-Star break while Sean O'Sullivan (knee) is sidelined.

However, worth noting is that they won't need a fifth starter until July 23 and it's possible they'll have acquired a pitcher by then. Buchholz has put up a 5.91 ERA over 18 appearances -- 13 starts -- for the Red Sox this season.
Jul 10 - 11:25 AM

Clay Buchholz is officially being moved back to the bullpen.

Not surprising after Buchholz was tagged for six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Angels on Saturday. Sean O'Sullivan will get the start Friday versus the Rays.
Jul 4 - 5:46 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell wouldn't commit to Clay Buchholz making another start.

Buchholz had another horrendous outing Saturday against the Angels (4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R) and stormed off the mound, which obviously didn't sit well with Farrell. There's no denying how poorly Buchholz has pitched this year and he certainly doesn't deserve a spot based on merit, but who else would the Red Sox turn to? Eduardo Rodriguez was sent to Pawtucket last week after an awful stretch, Henry Owens is struggling with walks in Triple-A and Joe Kelly has been moved to the bullpen. The All-Star break can't come soon enough for the struggling Sox.
Jul 2 - 11:30 PM

Clay Buchholz will make his next turn in the rotation Saturday versus the Angels.

The Red Sox have an off-day on Thursday, but they won't skip him in the rotation. Buchholz has allowed seven runs in 10 1/3 innings over two starts since returning to the rotation. He's not a fantasy option at this time.
Jun 27 - 5:42 PM

Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.

Texas jumped all over Buchholz in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on five singles and two walks. Prince Fielder then slugged a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth and Buchholz was removed two batters later. The right-hander is now 3-8 with a 5.90 season ERA. He might be headed back to the bullpen.
Jun 26 - 6:19 PM

Clay Buchholz settled for a loss in his return to the Red Sox rotation on Tuesday, giving up three runs on four hits over five frames against the White Sox.

Buchholz fanned five and walked one on the evening. As he has for much of the season, he struggled to keep the ball in the yard, allowing solo home runs to both Tim Anderson and Todd Frazier. Now 3-7 on the season, he'll try to improve upon his 5.83 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he does battle against the Rangers in Texas on Sunday.
Jun 21 - 10:33 PM

Clay Buchholz will start for the Red Sox on Tuesday against the White Sox.

It had been announced on Friday that Buchholz would return to the rotation on Wednesday, but he'll go a day earlier instead with Eduardo Rodriguez pushed back to Wednesday. He could be worth a look in deeper mixed leagues if frustrated owners cut bait with him, but it'd be wise to monitor his first couple of starts before inserting him into lineups.
Jun 18 - 1:33 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Saturday that Clay Buchholz has rejoined the club's starting rotation.

Buchholz will get the ball on Wednesday against the White Sox. He's take the place of Roenis Elias, who was optioned to Triple-A after Friday's start. Buchholz, who owned a 6.35 ERA over 10 starts before being banished to the bullpen, registered a 2.89 ERA over five relief appearances.
Jun 18 - 8:49 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday that Clay Buchholz has been moved to the bullpen.

Buchholz was tagged for six runs on Thursday in another poor showing that pushed his ERA up to 6.35, so the move comes as no surprise. Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will come off the disabled list to start in his place on Tuesday. Buchholz should get another shot in the Red Sox' rotation eventually, but for now he'll be used in long relief.
May 27 - 5:12 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said there's no decision on whether Clay Buchholz will make his next start.

With Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) ready to come off the disabled list, Buchholz was likely pitching for his rotation spot Thursday against the Rockies. It didn't go well as the right-hander allowed a season-high six runs while watching his ERA balloon to 6.35. The Red Sox are famous for inventing injuries for struggling players and that might be their best option with Buchholz here. Buchholz has no confidence right now and is having a really difficult time with runners on base. We'd be surprised to see him make his next start Tuesday against Baltimore.
May 26 - 10:45 PM

Clay Buchholz allowed six runs, including three home runs, over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Thursday.

Buchholz gave up seven hits without walking a batter in the game, but three, two-run bombs -- to Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau -- did him in. Buchholz has now yielded 12 homers in 10 starts, owning a 6.35 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the year. Assuming he's still in the rotation -- Eduardo Rodriguez could be back as early as next week, and Buchholz has been mentioned as the odd man out -- life doesn't get any easier for the 31-year-old Tuesday when he visits the Orioles.
May 26 - 10:28 PM

Clay Buchholz's struggles continued in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over his six innings of work.

Buchholz struggled with his command as well, issuing four free passes while striking out three. All of the damage against him came in the third inning, where the Indians struck for four runs, highlighted by a three-run blast by Jason Kipnis. He'll look to turn things around when he carries an unsightly 5.92 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into Thursday's matchup against the Rockies.
May 20 - 10:24 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Clay Buchholz will remain in the club's rotation.

Buchholz holds a 6.11 ERA over eight starts on the season, but the Red Sox will remain committed to him for now. However, with Joe Kelly (shoulder) and Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) due back soon, Buchholz leash could be short.
May 15 - 11:18 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said all signs point to Clay Buchholz making his next start.

That would be Friday night against Cleveland. Buchholz probably doesn't deserve another start—he's allowed five runs in five of eight starts this year—but Farrell is understandably loyal to the team's longest tenured starter. With Joe Kelly (shoulder) and Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) due back next week, Buchholz's leash is as short as ever. If he struggles against the Indians, Buchholz could be demoted to the bullpen. The Red Sox are also well-known for putting slumping players on the disabled list to make them go away for a while.
May 14 - 7:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
2Chris Young
3Blake Swihart
4Bryce Brentz
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Michael Martinez
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Sean O'Sullivan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Joe Kelly
10Carson Smith
11Brandon Workman