Clay Buchholz may have a knee injury

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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  . . .

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.