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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
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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

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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

Red Sox placed RHP Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain.

The Sox called up left-hander Brian Johnson from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his spot in the starting rotation. The good news is Buchholz didn't suffer any ligament damage. He'll take a week off from throwing and be reassessed after the All-Star break. Buchholz has been Boston's best starter this year, posting a 3.26 ERA and an 8.5 K/9 in 18 outings.
Jul 11 - 4:25 PM

Clay Buchholz was forced to leave Friday's start against the Yankees due to tightness in his pitching elbow.

That certainly doesn't sound encouraging. Buchholz saw a noticeable dip in velocity in the fourth inning before departing after a consultation with the team trainer. He'll presumably head for an MRI exam to determine exactly what's going on, but a trip to the disabled list is likely in order.
Jul 10 - 8:47 PM

Clay Buchholz was removed from Friday's game against the Yankees with an apparent arm injury.

No word yet on what the exact injury is, but Buchholz walked off the field with the trainer after 3 1/3 innings. Before departing, he allowed two runs on six hits while punching out three. He was replaced by Robbie Ross. The Red Sox should have an update on his status shortly.
Jul 10 - 8:32 PM

Clay Buchholz allowed one run in a complete-game victory over the Astros on Saturday.

It was his ninth career complete game and his first since last August 31. Buchholz went into the top of the ninth with a chance at seventh career shutout, but Luis Valbuena hit a two-out RBI single. He fanned eight and walked none in the victory. Buchholz has been on quite the roll of late, allowing just three earned runs combined over his last four starts. His ERA is down to 3.27 for the year.
Jul 4 - 4:51 PM

Clay Buchholz delivered eight innings of one-run ball in a win against the Blue Jays on Monday.

Buchholz's ERA continues to drop at a precipitous rate. In his third consecutive sterling performance this month, the right-hander scattered five hits without issuing a walk and striking out five. The lone run came around in the sixth inning on Josh Donaldson's RBI double. Buchholz heads into a weekend start at home against the Astros with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 101 innings.
Jun 29 - 9:40 PM

Clay Buchholz limited the Orioles to one run over seven innings in winning Wednesday.

Buchholz struck out seven and walked one in his second straight gem. His ERA stands at 3.68, the lowest it's been since his second start of the season. He has a fine 91/23 K/BB ratio through 93 innings.
Jun 24 - 10:13 PM

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