Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox shut down Clay Buchholz for the season

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Clay Buchholz had hoped to return from an elbow injury to pitch at least once in September, but the Red Sox have officially shut him down for the remainder of the season with a right flexor strain.

Dr. James Andrews advised Buchholz to avoid surgery and instead gave him a platelet-rich plasma injection to aid the healing process, so the Red Sox are hoping he’ll enter 2016 healthy. Boston holds a $13 million team option on Buchholz, which figures to be exercised if he checks out well medically.

Prior to going on the disabled list Buchholz had a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings, bouncing back from a rough 2014 season to re-establish himself as a front-line starter at age 30.

Red Sox not sure Clay Buchholz will return before the end of the season

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Per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, the Red Sox are unsure starter Clay Buchholz will return before the end of the 2015 regular season. The right-hander has been on the shelf since July 11 with a right flexor strain. He was supposed to resume throwing two weeks ago, but has yet to pick up a baseball.

Buchholz hit the disabled list with a 3.26 ERA and a 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings. He may have some incentive to try and come back before the end of the season, as he can potentially become a free agent if the Red Sox opt against picking up his $13 million option for 2016.

Clay Buchholz is hoping to pitch again this season after platelet-rich plasma injection

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Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is hopeful that he’ll be able to pitch again this season after a follow-up visit to Dr. James Andrews.

About three weeks ago Dr. Andrews advised Buchholz to avoid surgery for his injured elbow and instead gave him a platelet-rich plasma injection, which has worked well enough for him to resume throwing.

Buchholz hasn’t pitched since July 10, so he’ll have to build back his arm strength while also avoiding any setbacks–some pitchers still need surgery after initially trying platelet-rich plasma injections–but September action with the Red Sox is now possible.

And that could prove key, because the Red Sox hold a $13 million team option for 2016 on Buchholz, who had a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings before being shut down.