We talked yesterday about how Clay Buchholz may not make his next start, either because his manager takes the ineffective starter out of the rotation or because he goes on the DL. The DL idea was couched in terms of maybe his shoulder issues from last year causing his mechanics to be loony. But it may be a totally different injury altogether:
Manager John Farrell said Tuesday that the team is concerned about Buchholz’s left knee, which the right-hander landed awkwardly on at some point in Monday’s 8-6 win over the Braves. Buchholz will throw his regularly scheduled bullpen on Wednesday, at which point Boston will make a decision regarding his availability this weekend.
I was watching Buchholz’s start on Monday and, yeah, it’s totally possible that his knee is wonky. He landed funny a few times and, at the time, it seemed like it was just frustrated body mechanics as opposed to an injury, but a tweak is totally possible.
Now, if a knee injury on Monday can explain all of his poor starts before, the Sox would be getting someplace . . .
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.